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  • Group: Industry Lobbying Tarnishing FDA Integrity

    The science advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) is lambasting what it claims is excessive industry pressure on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and claims the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology sectors spent a combined $700 million between 2009 and 2011 to lobby legislative and executive officials. "Pharmaceuticals companies and related trade groups spent more than $487 million on lobbying over this three-year period, while biotechn...
  • Defying Ban, Lobbyists De-Register to Serve on Advisory Committees

    A 2009 order by the Obama administration meant to ban registered lobbyists from serving on federal advisory committees-including those used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide it with expert opinions-has instead caused to those same lobbyists to cancel their lobbying registrations in order to continue to serve on the advisory committees, reports The Hill . At least 22 current federal advisory committee members serving on Industry Trade Advisory Commi...