Monday, February 20, 2012

Hyperventilating about the FDA


Thanks for the gruesome baby pics. What next? Sending me pics of a 16 car pile up?

I made three points:

1) Government regulation is not necessarily required for product safety to improve.
2) Regulation should be subject to questions about its efficacy.
3) False negatives can lead to poor outcomes.

Although I didn't make this point, it is equally true. If you delay a life-saving drug for years in order to do further testing, by definition you deny a life-saving drug to patients. At least for those patients, that is a negative consequence.


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