Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Senate Hearing on FDA's 2009 Budget

The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing today on the FDA's fiscal year 2009 budget.  As Business Week (via AP) reports,

FDA's advisers recommended boosting the agency's budget by $375 million in the next fiscal year, and the Senate recently passed a resolution supporting such an increase. The White House proposed a $54 million increase in its budget.

Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, who chairs the subcommittee that sets FDA's budget, is expected to question whether the agency's plan to hire 200 additional safety inspectors is enough.

In related news, the FDA has linked certain brands of recalled puffed rice and puffed wheat cereal to salmonella outbreaks in thirteen states.

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I am among those who believes, the FDA should be banned by statute. After the preemption matter is settled, plaintiff lawyers may wish to join the ranks with that belief.

The FDA should change to a website run by a few non-health trained geeks. All data relating to bad food, and the safety and effectiveness of medications and devices get posted. That way, 1) the world gets all data; 2) judges for itself, the risk-benefit ratio; 3) decides for itself; 4) posts experiences for everyone to know, in real time. A few geeks posting the data and commentary by the public may serve the public far better than the appalling bureaucrats now imposing their ill-advised, anti-scientific biases on the sick and hungry.

These bureaucrats come from the ranks of academia, share left wing ideology of academia, intend to return to academia, thus try to fit in with left wing ideology. They are junior in every way to practitioners, in age, experience, income (honest value to society), dedication to consumers. Yet, they get to dictate their misguided biases to a nation. They hamstring innovation, and simultaneously fail to protect the public from bad products. A difficult feat.

As a consumer of food and a patient, I suggest the FDA get defunded by 90%, down to a small IT department.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 16, 2008 3:53:20 AM

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