Viewpoints: Time For A Change In Course For FDA?; A Key Moment For The Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion


The Wall Street Journal:
It’s Time To Radically Change How The FDA Approves Drugs


I’m a big fan of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the vital mission it has been performing since 1962: ensuring that all medications sold in the United States are both safe and effective. Everyone should want the FDA to succeed — now and in the future — because, without a strong FDA, being sick would be massively more horrible than it already is. But, although a fan, I think the FDA should change course. Specifically, the FDA should adjudicate new drug applications with a Consumer Reports approach, not its current approach, which copies Roman emperors who signaled a gladiator’s fate with either a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and no other choice. (John Sotos, 6/29)