nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

My Article On The FDA Drug Review Process

Many people think the FDA is the Gang That Can't Shoot Straight. I wrote an article that shows how the drug review process really works.

The FDA takes a lot of heat:  it takes them too long to approve a drug, or they approve something that turns out unsafe;  they are influenced by special interest groups like the pharmaceutical industry and patient advocacy groups; etc...

The real story is much more complex.  The science they struggle to make sense of  is inextricably linked to public opinion, politics, and the legal system.

For a review and case study, please see my article published in Science-Based Medicine here.

Doc D

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