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?
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All highways through the burn area of the Washington Fire have reopened as favorable weather conditions have aided firefighters' construction of containment lines.
UPDATE: Higher humidity, lower temperatures and light rain combined to help firefighters make progress on the Washington Fire Sunday. Containment stood at 45 percent as of Sunday evening.
UPDATE 6:40 P.M. - Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire. As of late Thursday afternoon, containment stood at 15 percent. Crews remain focused on keeping the fire away from the community of Markleeville.
UPDATED 6:15 P.M. - Cal Fire crews have joined the battle against the Washington Fire in Alpine County. Dry lightning in forecast a worry as fire burns in heavy timber. The fire has grown to more than 17,000 acres, and more crews join the battle.
UPDATED 10:25 p.m. - A blaze near the Sierra Nevada town of Markleeville has burned 16,553 acres and is 5 percent contained. Residents of the Markleeville are under an evacuation advisory. No mandatory evacuations have been ordered.