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Off Topic: FDA advisors have many conflicts of interest

Conflicts of Interest Rampant Among FDA Advisors, Study Shows Mercola Sept 2014

  • 1,400 FDA advisory committee members
  • 15,740 votes between 1997 and 2011.
  • 13% had financial interest in the company whose drug was up for a review by that committee.
    1/3 of financial interests involved consulting for a drug maker
    25% involved ownership interest;
    14 % involved serving on an industry advisory board or steering committee.
  • Committee members with financial ties to the company sponsoring the drug under review voted for it 63% of the time,
    no financial ties: 52% voted for it.
  • Committee members who served on a sponsoring firm's advisory board: 84% voted in favour of the drug's approval.

VitaminDWiki wonders

  1. Why FDA would allow any of their voting advisors to have financial interest in the drug
  2. Why FDA would ever allow their voting advisors to also advisie the drug company