FDA medical adviser: 'Congress is owned by pharma'
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Yahoo! News
Posted: March 23rd, 2020
Pharmaceutical companies are under the spotlight with congressional hearings on the cost of drug prices and allegations of the industrys role in the opioid crisis. Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist ... and chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee on Analgesics and Anesthetics, has been openly critical of big pharma and the lack of proper oversight from the FDA. Despite many politicians, particularly declared presidential candidates, beginning to speak out against big pharma, Brown does not think that anything will come out of it because Congress is owned by pharma. The pharmaceutical industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single year, he [said]. In 2016, they put $100 million into the elections. Thats a ton of money. OpenSecrets, a website operated by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, tracks money in U.S. politics. It ranked the top 20 members of the House and the Senate that have received the most campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical and health products industry. Kevin McCarthy, now the House minority leader after midterms, received ... a total of $380,350 in campaign contributions, with a large sum coming from pharma companies. Congress is supposed to have oversight for the FDA, Brown said. If the FDA isnt going to hold pharma accountable, and Congress is getting paid to not hold pharma accountable, then it really doesnt matter who the president is because its really about Congress.
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