Friday, November 19, 2004

When the Inmates Run the Asylum

What's that? Drugs are bad?

In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Dr. David Graham, the reviewer in the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Drug Safety, used fiery language to denounce his agency as feckless and far too likely to surrender to demands of drug makers.

Oh, I see... Dr. Graham is under the mistaken impression that the FDA is an agency charged with protecting the American people! How cute... No, no, they are an advocacy group that exists to protect the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, silly! Much like those Beef, It's What's for Dinner guys.

This is Bush Country, baby! The agency set up to protect our forests is stocked with folks who used to be the ones chopping them down. The agency that's supposed to protect our air and water hires the people who most enjoy polluting them.

Come now, Dr. Graham, who's more important - your grandma with arthritis, or the multi-billionaires over at Merck? It's a no-brainer!

Send us out on a high note, Doctor:

"We have case reports of people dying clutching their Serevent inhaler," Dr. Graham said.


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