Are the FDA Watchdogs Sleeping?

The New York Times on April 22, 2009 reported that there is commotion at the Food and Drug Administration about the monitoring and approval of medical devices. Here is a link to the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/health/policy/22fda.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper

Nine dissident scientists signed letters to President Obama and others in the administration charging that agency officials had acted illegally and that patients were routinely put at risk by medical devices approved for sale despite significant and often unanimous objections from scientific reviewers.

…the dissident scientists charged that the “regulatory review process for medical devices has been severely distorted” and that those who raised concerns about unsafe devices had been retaliated against by agency managers.Among the devices the dissidents say the agency has approved inappropriately are imaging equipment used to detect breast cancer and an orthopedic knee device. The agency has also allowed hospitals to wash and reuse surgical devices intended for just one use, they said.

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