FDA Enforcement Crackdown Requires Reforms

Law360, New York (June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In recent weeks, the new commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, has declared that she wants to “pump up enforcement” at FDA, the federal agency responsible for regulating more than $2 trillion in food, drugs, biological products, medical devices, cosmetics and dietary supplements (and now, tobacco).

Commissioner Hamburg explained that, under her leadership, the FDA has changed its enforcement “posture to one that is more aggressive and forward leaning.”

Commissioner Hamburg is to be commended. After all, FDA enforcement of...
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