The Fda Is Swinging `A Sufficiently Large Two By Four'

Back in the 1980s, the Food & Drug Administration moved about as swiftly--and ferociously--as an arthritic turtle. Confident that the agency would respond with nothing more serious than some desultory letters, companies pushed the limits in their health claims for frozen dinners and pain relievers. "There was the perception that companies didn't have to worry about the agency taking action," says John C. Villforth, a former top FDA official.

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