Wednesday, May 3, 2006

The FDA - will it be toppled ?

After 70 years of anti-capitalist murder and oppression, there is a very tiny light at the end of the tunnel for sick people. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that dying patients have a due process right to access drugs once they have been through the FDA's first-stage trials.

Is this just a glitch in the history of a murderous organization which kills more than five thousand people a year (as a very low estimate) by withholding life-saving medications, or the beginning of the end ? I hope to Providence that we're going to see a deligitimization of this quack mafia.

1 comment:

BiPolarMoment said...

I created an account so that I could post something additional to your comment. I will preface this by saying I am employed by a company that designs/sells orthopedic implants.

The FDA also requires rigorous testing for medical implants (usually depending on class)--often unrealistic to actual application-- that creates ridiculously high overhead costs for the companies that attempt to sell them. Markup may reach 1000% of production costs simply to cover the tens of thousands (or millions) in testing required by the FDA. What's worse is that implants we produce that have been used in Europe for years will not be approved here anytime soon because we cannot afford the testing for a class 3 device at the moment.

Hell, we have devices approved for one set of indications that are almost always used "off-label" because the difficulty (if not impossibility) of getting it approved for the actual use is prohibitive.

I'd type more, but I'm afraid it would come out even more biased :P