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U.S. Public Lacks Confidence in FDA: Poll
Date:4/30/2009

FDA approves new drugs too slowly, 19 percent too quickly, and 18 percent think the process is about right.
  • Only one-quarter feel "very confident" about the safety of over-the-counter medicines such as cough and cold medicines; 24 percent feel the same about prescription drugs, both brand names and generics. But only 14 percent feel this way about herbal remedies and nutritional supplements.
  • There has been speculation as to whether the new Obama administration will make the changes necessary for the FDA to improve its performance. But any improvement will no doubt be slow, experts said.

    "The FDA did respond to the recent pistachio recall more aggressively than in the past, but it's going to take a lot of work and a lot of resources to really turn this around, so I think the public is appropriately concerned," Levi said.

    More information

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on food safety.



    SOURCES: Humphrey Taylor, Chairman, The Harris Poll; Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., executive director, Trust for America's Health, Washington, D.C.; Tony Corbo, senior lobbyist, Food & Water Watch, Washington, D.C.; Stephanie Kwisnek, spokeswoman, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll


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