The “revolving door” is a well-known problem for the Food and Drug Administration for many years. Many people that decide the regulation of drugs and food have crossed the border and got involved in the food industry or in big pharma corporations. This is not an ethical thing to do since they were the same people that took responsibilities for everything that was in stores and for every treatment and pill that people took.
The numbers are shocking. A new research found that 60% of people who worked for the FDA went to work in the pharmaceutical industry after they left their job at the FDA. The study is not very conclusive since it was made on only 55 people. If the study develops and more people are questioned the numbers could be even bigger.
“When you know 60 percent of your colleagues who leave go to work for the industry. It may make you more likely to be the kind of regulator that gets along well with the industry,”.” said a cancer doctor, Prasad.
Cancer treatments are the ones that the FDA focuses on right now. The problem with them is that they give a few months more to a patient and they don’t provide any improvements in the quality of life. They are also known for causing side effects.
The reviewers have a hard time when they have to approve this type of drugs because they know the people that are part of the pharmaceutical industry and they are inclined to approve the drug easily. This raises an ethical question since they don’t really know if the drugs are good or are just inclined to approve them because they were colleagues with the people that produce and sell the drug.
Another issue, in this case, is that many people that worked for the FDA keep their contacts after leaving and they give them to the people that they work for in the industry. Also, if the person worked for the FDA he knows who is more vulnerable and who can make him a favor.
These problems have started to raise concerns since more and more people have stopped trusting the system and the way it works.
What is your opinion about the people who left FDA to work for the pharmaceutical industry?
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