• Senators Call for Task Force on Adverse Drug Reactions

    • 03 January 2012
    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has prompted two Senators to call for a joint task force to be created. Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have requested that the US Department of Health and Human Services Convene a multi-agency task force to, according to The Hill journalist Julian Pacquet, "help identify patients at risk for adverse drug reactions." The request was inspired by a NEJM article that found that four types of m...
  • Pendergast, Pitts: Sebelius' Decision on Plan B Political, Step Down a 'Slippery Slope'

    Mary Pendergast, former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Deputy Commissioner under President Clinton, and Peter Pitts, the former FDA Associate Commissioner under President George W. Bush, offered scathing critiques of Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during an interview on 1 January 2012. Appearing on WUSA9's BioCenturyTV , Pendergast called the recent decision by Sebelius to overrule the FDA's decision in favor of less restrictiv...