The Fda Follies: An Alarming Look At Our Food And Drug Policies
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Titel: The Fda Follies: An Alarming Look At Our ...
Verlag: Basic Books
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How the agency responsible for ensuring the safety of America's food and drugs became the target of constant attacks from the media, Congress, and public interest groups is the subject of this book. Published just as America is debating health policy, this story of corruption and ineptitude is a timely expose of a vital agency. It contains much damning information about the FDA's long-standing deference to the drug industry, scandalous mishandling of generic drug regulations, misguided approach to the AIDS crisis, multiple failures to police seriously the nation's food supply and uninformed regulation of new medical equipment. Herbert Burkholz is the author of such novels as "The Sensitives", "Strange Bedfellows" and "Brain Damage".From Kirkus Reviews:
A bright, breezy, and opinionated look at how the Food and Drug Administration has handled and mishandled its job in the past decade. A fiction writer (Brain Damage, 1992) as well as an investigative journalist, Burkholz has a novelist's talent for spinning a good tale. He calls the shots as he sees them in this expos‚, which describes the FDA as bumbling, the pharmaceutical industry as avaricious, and the Reagan administration as placing the law of the jungle over the law of the land. Burkholz sketches a brief history of the FDA but concentrates on the 1980s, a decade in which White House antiregulatory policies combined with the agency's own inherent weaknesses to render it inept. The heroes of this tale are consumer advocate Sidney Wolfe and US Representative John Dingell of Michigan, both of whom have kept a sharp eye on the FDA for years, and just possibly David Kessler, the agency's head since 1990. Among the follies Burkholz details are the generic drug scandals, in which some drug companies bribed FDA employees to give them preferential treatment; the agency's failure to protect consumers from such harmful devices as the Dalkon shield, the defective Bjork-Shiley heart valve, and silicone breast implants; its inability to prevent adulterated foods from entering the country; and its failure to stand up to U.S. food manufacturers making questionable health claims for their products. Although he credits the FDA with having changed under its new chief, pointing to its willingness to admit past errors, expedited procedures for approving new drugs, and additional measures to protect the nation's blood supply, the author concludes on a skeptical note. He has no faith in the civil service system, he announces, and doubts that the public can be adequately protected by anyone who cannot be fired for doing a bad job. Light and lively fare--containing just enough facts to satisfy. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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