GOVEROTRAGEOUS: FDA blows off concerns

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Scientist: FDA suppressed imaging safety concerns
Associated Press

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“A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said yesterday that his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers ‘were pressured to change their scientific opinion,’ after they opposed the approval of a CAT scanner for routine colon cancer screening. Nicholas said that he objected to exposing otherwise healthy patients to the cancer risks of radiation. After FDA officials pushed ahead with plans to clear the device, Nicholas, now a physician at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, said he and eight other staffers raised their concerns with the division’s top director, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, last September. The device apparently is still under review.” (03/31/10)

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Can anyone spell “regulatory capture”?

Never hear such about Underwriters’ Laboratory or Consumers’ Reports.

Why is that?

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