PR Newswire - May 23, 2002
FBI-like Secrecy Raises a Wall of Silence at FDA
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The same internal FBI secrecy that arguably allowed the 9/11 suicide attackers almost total success in
their plans is growing strongly in other agencies, such as FDA, under Bush Administration policies that discourage disclosure
of information to the public, says an extensive analysis on Dickinson's FDA Webview (http://www.fdaweb.com/).
The analysis, by editor Jim Dickinson, suggests that the new secrecy could harm consumers by delaying or withholding information
about the seriousness of quality problems at major companies like Schering-Plough.
Dickinson's FDA Webview is published by Ferdic Inc., the publisher of leading analytical print newsletters FDA Review,
FDA Update and DTC Marketer.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
White House seeks control on health, safety
By Andrew Schneider
Published: Sunday, Jan. 11 2004
The Office of Management and Budget wants to have the final say on releasing emergency declarations
to the public.
The complete article may be found at -- http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0112-08.htm -- or in many other websites, by searching
Google with the article title.
WASHINGTON - Under a new proposal, the White House would decide what and when the public would be
told about an outbreak of mad cow disease, an anthrax release, a nuclear plant accident or any other crisis.
House Office of Management and Budget is trying to gain final control over release of emergency declarations from the federal
agencies responsible for public health, safety and the environment.
The OMB also wants to manage scientific and technical
evaluations - known as peer reviews - of all major government rules, plans, proposed regulations and pronouncements. ...
each federal agency controls its emergency notifications .
On Friday, a nonpartisan group of 20 former top agency
officials sent a letter to the OMB asking the White House watchdog agency to withdraw its proposal, saying it "could damage
the federal system for protecting public health and the environment." ...
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