In 1969 the FDA commissioner said: The FDA protects the drug companies not the people

A reminder that the dark influence of corruption started decades ago:

It may have seemed like things went off the rails in the last two years, but it couldn’t have been achieved without fifty years of work.

Herbert Ley sounds like a great man. From Wikipedia:

His three years at the FDA came during the time when the FDA grew from an insignificant agency to the key agency protecting consumers; during that time 300 drugs were removed from the market.[4] After he left, Ley stated that he had “constant, tremendous, sometimes unmerciful pressure” from the drug industry and that the drug company lobbyists, combined with the politicians who worked on behalf of their patrons, could bring “tremendous pressure” to bear on him and his staff, to try preventing FDA restrictions on their drugs.

There’s a sad article in Woroni (Canberra) in 1980 lamenting the reach of drug companies. An antibiotic called Panalba had been sold in the US from 1957 generating $18m in revenue for Upjohn. By 1968 30 experts from the National Academy of Science declared that it was harmful and should be removed from the market. Commissioner Herbert Ley testified that as many as one […]

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September 19, 2022 at 02:10PM

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