• New Bioethics Chief Takes Helm at White House

    US President Barack Obama's newly-appointed bioethics chief started work Monday, 9 April, marking a key leadership transition for a board that has already investigated numerous controversial clinical research topics related to regulatory affairs. The panel, called The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, is a 13-member advisory commission that was formed in 2009.  The commission itself will still be led by Commission Chair Amy Gutmann, P...
  • Report: Clashes Between White House, FDA Frequent

    A report in The New York Times indicates the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Obama Administration are frequently at odds-partially the result of poor communication and partially the result of poor political optics-which has caused significant amounts of tension between the two government bodies. The report notes numerous instances where the Administration and FDA have clashed, including the banning of Primatene asthma inhalers, Health and Human Services S...
  • 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...
  • Report: Obama Budget Unlikely to Contain Funds for FDA White Oak Campus

    Reporting by the Federal Times on 10 February indicates that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unlikely to see new funds for their White Oak, MD consolidated campus project during fiscal year 2013. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Donna Edwards (D-MD) in writing a letter to President Obama on 31 January to call for the restoration of the funds. "We understand that the FY 2013 ...