Lamar Alexander

Why is Congress trying to weaken the FDA's oversight of dangerous drugs?

Why is Congress trying to weaken the FDA's oversight of dangerous drugs?

The drug industry blames the Food and Drug Administration for driving up the research and development costs of new drugs, stifling innovation, and interfering with the sainted mandate to bring cures to suffering medical patients.

The nation's public research agencies, especially the National Institutes of Health, complain they're starved for money.

Put those together, and you get the elements of what drug industry watchdog Ed Silverman calls a "grand bargain": Congress will step up funding for the NIH in return for a loosening of regulatory standards at...

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