Weekly Roundup 7-7-06
- Unusual Warning Letter Posting – The FDA took the unusual step of posting a Warning Letter not on the Warning Letter Page, but on its home page relating to a manufacturer of flu vaccine. Vigilence over the flu vaccine manufacturing process has been a sore point for the FDA in the past – perhaps this is compensation for that.
- Dr. Woodcock’s RU-486 Testimony – For a time, I have been interested in the testimony of Dr. Janet Woodcock on RU-486. On May 17, 2006 Dr. Woodcock testified before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives regarding the adverse events and safety profile of RU-486. The hearing was given the somewhat stacked title "RU-486 – Demonstrating a Low Standard for Women’s Health?" The FDA has never posted her testimony in spite of the fact that all other agency testimony, I guess in the interests of transparency, appears to be posted to the FDA’s Web site almost immediately after given. I sent the FDA Web master an email asking when the testimony would be posted – the email went unanswered. It turns out the testimony is supplied elsewhere. It was on the HHS Web site. My apologies to those who already found it before me, I depended on the FDA site. However, it is noteworty that the subcommittee submitted questions to the FDA in late June followingDr. Woodcock’s testimony. These questions raise very serious questions regarding the FDA approach to RU-486 and judging by the attitude of the commitee, questions on reproductive health that are quite substantial. Hopefully the answers will be posted at some point to the FDA site.
- Opinion piece on Care for the Mentally Ill in Pharmaceutical Executive – Similar to a posting I wrote back in May, this week I have an opinion piece in Pharmaceutical Executive noting how pharmaceutical companies should couple with mental health organizations to erect a national system of care for the mentally ill. To see, click here. (Note, this bullet point was added one hour after today’s original posting at 6:30 AM)
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