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FDA Doctor Says Gov’t Is “Incapable of Protecting America” from Unsafe Drugs

HeadlineNov 19, 2004

In news from Capitol Hill, the Senate Finance Committee was warned Thursday that federal drug regulators are “virtually incapable of protecting America” from unsafe drugs. The warning came from Dr. David Graham who has worked for 20 years for the FDA as a drug safety reviewer. He went on to say, “We are faced with what may be the single greatest drug safety catastrophe in the history of this country or the history of the world.” Graham’s comments come weeks after the FDA pulled the popular drug Vioxx from the shelves after studies showed it increased the number of the heart attack or stroke. The drug however stayed on the market years after questions were first raised about its safety. On Thursday Dr. Graham named five other drugs that he claimed were too unsafe to remain for sale. They were the anti-cholesterol drug Crestor, the pain pill Bextra, the obesity pill Meridia, the asthma drug Serevent and the acne drug Accutane.

British Cameraman’s Family to Sue Israeli Government
The family of British journalist James Miller has announced plans to sue the Israeli government over his killing last year. Israeli troops shot and killed the 34-year-old Miller while he was working in a Gaza refugee camp.

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