Grease FDA wheels to save lives

When you’re desperately ill, your chances of recovery improve as your access to treatment improves.

That’s why it’s such good news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to speed up the process of getting new medications to patients.

The FDA has two critical missions. One is to ensure that medications approved for sale to patients are safe and effective.

The other is to get treatments to patients as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, the two missions can come into conflict.

Approve a drug too quickly, without a comprehensive review of safety and efficacy, and the example that haunts all regulators might come to pass yet again.

 

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