- On Wednesday, July11, 2007 the House passed HR.2900 without
allowing the Ron Paul (R-TX) amendments to protect dietary supplements.
- Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), John Dingell
(D-MI), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and others falsely proclaimed that they were
doing America a favor by passing this sweeping FDA-supported legislation
that grants the rouge agency more power and money, and even transforms
it into a quasi drug company.
- Both the House and Senate (S.1082) http://www.newstarget.com/021836.html
have made the fatally flawed assumption that the reason for so many deaths
and injuries from drugs was due to the FDA's lack of resources. In reality,
it is the INTENTION of FDA management that is the problem, combined with
the simple fact that multiple drugs are extremely toxic and don't work
as advertised. Giving the FDA more power and money will only cause the
agency to speed more drugs onto the market faster with even less safety
testing while abusing its power and actively stamping out competition
- FDA management is in bed with Big Pharma and this new
legislation makes matters significantly worse through the creation of the
Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA. This new entity places the FDA in
charge of drug design, drug patents, drug licenses, and the creation of
new marketing entities/companies. Such a relationship with private industry
is an unprecedented conflict of interest, totally at odds with drug safety.
The current commissioner of the FDA, Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D. is little
more than a Big Biotech sales rep with massive industry connections.
- The House, like the Senate, will continue to allow direct
to consumer advertising of new drugs with unknown risks a flagrant
safety risk that will cost many people their lives. Congressional leaders
said they couldn't prevent this advertisement for fear of violating the
first amendment rights of drug companies. What a joke. The FDA routinely
squashes the first amendment rights of American citizens to understand
natural health options and the science that explains how they can prevent
and treat disease. Thus, the first amendment argument is simply a matter
of convenience. The FDA wants to actively suppress information that will
help people, yet allow highly risky and misleading promotion of toxic substances
often for untested uses. The FDA even wants to prevent citizens from suing
drug companies when they are injured, thus protecting Big Pharma. FDA tyranny,
based on this type of arbitrary and unrestrained exercise of power, is
used to promote and protect the pharmaceutical industry while at the same
time undermining the dietary supplement industry.
- Both the House and Senate think it is completely fine
that the drug industry pay the FDA fees so that the FDA can approve new
drugs faster. Indeed, the FDA and Big Pharma met 112 times to work out
their partnership before the FDA let Congress know what it wanted to see
in HR.2900 and S.1082. This is like paying the mob for protection. A careful
look at the history of the FDA shows it is little more than a bully that
protects vested interests at the expense of human health. It is a pitiful
agency. It is little wonder than the majority of Americans don't trust
- Big Pharma owns the FDA and Congress. The drug industry
sees FDA management and Congressional leaders as a training pool for future
Big Pharma jobs based on how well Big Pharma is supported. There
will certainly be plenty of rewards to pass out after this legislation
- It is a sick situation that this new fake safety legislation
provides the FDA with unprecedented new power to stamp out competition
to drug companies as well as expose Americans to far greater safety risks
than ever before. Provisions within the legislation that creates the Reagan-Udall
Foundation for the FDA will allow the FDA to remove any dietary supplement
from the market based on its whim.
- It is now only a matter of time and a formality before
HR.2900 and S.1082 become law. There will be a little bit of haggling in
the conference committee, as Big Pharma will takes its last chance at watering
down any meaningful reform (of which there is very little). Big Pharma
will whine that this legislation is too tough on them, which is a fallacy.
This legislation is the Big Pharma dream come true. In a football analogy
the only question is the final score. Will Big Pharma win by 28-7 or will
it win by 42-7. Big Pharma has just cleaned the clock of Americans. We
should not forget the gutless Congressional puppets that made it happen.
- A new tone has been set. A new chart has been plotted.
Congress has transformed the FDA into a quasi drug company with unprecedented
new regulatory power to control all health options in America. How many
deaths and injuries will it take for a comatose and medicinally-overdosed
public to wake up?
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