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FDA Advisors Declare 'FDA Science and Mission at Risk'
Date:1/29/2008

be answered and everything slows down. Dr. Cassell and her subcommittee have provided additional insight into why FDA needs more resources to meet the needs of the seriously ill."

--Diane Dorman, Vice President, Public Policy, National Organization for Rare Disorders

Americans rely on the FDA's scientific competence, every day and in many ways. Consumers want and need a stronger FDA to assure safe foods, drugs, biologics, and devices. It is encouraging that members of the FDA Science Board, along with a number of external advisors, have so unequivocally come down on the side of more resources."

---Diana Zuckerman, President, National Research Center for Women & Families

"Consumers and industry are working together with FDA to improve the safety of America's food supply. It is frustrating that FDA does not have the scientific capacity and personpower to get the job done."

--Caroline Smith DeWaal, Center for Science in the Public Interest

"Industry is committed to a safe food supply based on scientific principles for management, control and targeting. We welcome the conclusion of this report: science is FDA's most important tool and it cannot be fully effective without the resources to support science, hire trained people, and use information technology to support food safety."

---Honorable Cal Dooley, Grocery Manufacturer's Association

"Americans expect 'gold standard' FDA oversight of innovations like nanotechnology to ensure that benefits are available promptly and the products are safe, but FDA can't do this without 'gold standard' scientific capacity and expertise to ask the right questions and make prompt, rigorous reviews. As the FDA Science Board report makes clear, FDA's science base has declined to a point that jeopardizes the ability of patients and consumers to capitalize on America's enormous investment in technological innovation. FDA's eroded science base is a 'penny wise and pound foolish
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