Advocates say FDA guidelines far too lax

For those who don’t know how the agency works, the following may come as a surprise, but it’s indeed the way the FDA does business.  While most state and federal agencies rely on regulations, and in most cases get really nasty when those regs aren’t followed, the FDA issues “guidance.” We’re talking voluntary guidance, not […]

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FDA Avandia rules may driven by politics


If the stats on its clinical risks are so negative, why is diabetes drug Avandia still on the U.S. market? Well, according to blogger John Mack, a pharma industry insider who keeps a close eye on these things, the answer may have more to do with politics than medicine. As things stand, European regulators have […]

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UPMC employees give company, CEO a flunking grade

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Romoff makes a very, very nice income, more than $5 million during the last fiscal year in fact. Hell, maybe that’s reasonable, given that UPMC generated a staggering $8 billion last year, and manages not only properties in Pennsylvania but across Europe. Still, I’ve gotta say, he and […]

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