May 01, 2006
WLF: leave ethics out of approvals
Calls by bioethicists and environmentalists for the FDA to consider other decidedly unscientific factors, including ethics and healthcare costs, when deciding a product approval decision are “absurd,” according to two senior officers of the American Council on Science and Health writing in a Washington Legal Foundation legal opinion letter. They were responding to an earlier article appearing in the Baltimore Sun.
They claim there are already “too many non-science factors working on FDA drug professionals. ... The intrusion of ‘ethics' into the drug evaluation process would lead to increased regulation of the drug industry, probably to the point of regulating it out of existence.”