Fda Reform That's Easier To Swallow

When the Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, the Food & Drug Administration was the agency they loved to hate. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) claimed slow FDA approvals of drugs and medical devices were killing jobs--and people. Some conservative critics wanted to abolish the agency, preferring to let the market decide which medicines work. Even GOP moderates, such as former Senator Nancy L. Kassebaum (R-Kan.), championed a major shakeup.

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