|FDA staff calls for end to corruption, wrongdoing|
Scientists and doctors with the FDA have sent a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama calling for "sweeping measures are needed to end the systemic corruption and wrongdoing that permeates all levels of FDA and has plagued the Agency far too long."
Excerpt of letter send by FDA staff.
The letter, released in conjunction with a Senate finance committee hearing over Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cites a number of times in which FDA officials rejected the opinions of the scientific staff.
It also details a culture in which the staff feared retaliation for speaking out to the media and to Congress. The letter notes that several FDA officials it says were guilty of wrongdoing have recently left the agency but "the many other FDA managers who have failed to protect the American public, who have violated laws, rules, and regulations, who have suppressed or altered scientific or technological findings and conclusions, who have abused their power and authority, and who have engaged in illegal retaliation against those who speak out, have not been held accountable and remain in place."
The FDA employees advise the president to take action:
There have been some questions about why the names of the FDA scientists have been blacked out on these letters. Grassley explains in his statement that he did this to protect them from retaliation: