FDA Scientists Disclose Political Interference within the Agency

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 21, 2006

Press release: “The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today released survey results that demonstrate pervasive and dangerous political influence of science at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Of the 997 FDA scientists who responded to the survey, nearly one-fifth (18.4 percent) said that they “have been asked, for non-scientific reasons, to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information or their conclusions in a FDA scientific document.” This is the third survey UCS has conducted to examine inappropriate interference with science at federal agencies.”
Main FDA Survey Documents:

  • Summary of the FDA Scientist Survey
  • Brochure containing survey summary, methodology, and demographics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Supporting FDA Survey Documents [all in PDF]:

  • Survey questions and responses
  • Selected essay responses
  • Abuses of science at the FDA
  • Survey demographics
  • FDA center-specific questions and answers
  • FDA centers response analysis
  • Comparison of 2006 UCS survey to 2002 inspector general survey
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