Intelligence Squared US: "Is the FDA Hazardous to Our Health?"

Intelligence Squared US: "Is the FDA Hazardous to Our Health?"

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 9:00pm

When it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed? The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness.  But is it a failing mandate?  It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market.  But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed? Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is the FDA Hazardous to Our Health? tackles this issue, airing Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2.

Speaking for the motion: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Author. Speaking against the motion: Dr. Jerry Avorn, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Dr. David Challoner, Chair, Institute of Medicine and VP for Health Affairs Emeritus, University of Florida



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