FDA told of Viagra-blindness link long before journal article

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More than a year before the scientific journal Circulation reported that Viagra had been linked to blindness in some men, an FDA safety officer drew the same conclusion and told supervisors that doctors and patients should be warned, an article in today's Washington Post said.
The safety officer's experience was outlined in a letter last week to the FDA's acting commissioner Lester Crawford from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who said the agency had moved far too slowly on an emerging safety concern.
Grassley wrote that the safety officer, whose name has not been disclosed, explained the agency's inaction by saying the Office of New Drugs "is under such time pressure to approve new drugs, often safety concerns needed to be 'fit in' where they could."
 
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