The FDA is responsible for protecting public health by making sure that medical devices, drugs, biological products, food and cosmetics are safe, efficient and secure. The FDA also helps to speed up innovations to the market that make medical products more effective and economical.
One of its most important tasks is to approve drugs in the US, which can be a timely operation with a lot of communication between FDA reviewers and the companies that want to manufacture the drug. You would expect the reviewers to be impartial so they are not influenced by a pharmaceutical company. However, there have been reports of medical reviewers leaving the FDA and taking a job within the drug industry.
Links between pharmaceutical firms and the FDA
Indeed, Robert Califf, who was appointed FDA commissioner earlier this year, is one key figure as the former chancellor of clinical research at Duke University received funds from drug companies, according to a statement on the Duke Clinical Research Institute website. Califf believes the collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and the regulators is a