Food and Drug Administration

Da Vinci Robot Comes Under Scrutiny

Many of the organizations HCE has interviewed over the years have invested millions of dollars in the popular da Vinci surgical robot. When asked, these organizations almost always give the robot positive reviews and feel the investment was worthwhile. However, as The Associated Press reports, “The Food and Drug Administration is looking into an increase […]

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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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