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Bipartisan Push To Remove Avandia From The Market

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Politics

I generally tend to support Democrats because they are usually more attentive to the needs of everyday Americans vs. those of the drug companies.  One notable exception is that of Republican Chuck Grassley.  He’s been a thorn in the side of many drug companies, so I’m not surprised that he’s so involved in the controversy over Avandia:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on Monday criticized the Food and Drug Administration’s stance on the diabetes drug Avandia in the wake of two new medical studies. The studies, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that Avandia caused “increased risk of stroke, heart failure, and death” for patients aged 65 and older.

Source: Grassley, DeLauro criticize FDA’s stance on Avandia following critical JAMA studies – The Hill’s Healthwatch

Still, I’m not entirely comfortable with politicians nudging the FDA towards making scientific decisions, even if I think those decisions are right.  What I would prefer is an FDA that is in no way beholden to the drug industry, and that is therefore able to make decisions that take ONLY safety and efficacy into consideration.