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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UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: (AP) - California fire officials have reported significant progress on containing wildfires that have ravaged parts of Northern California.
Fighting fires is a dangerous business, not only for the firefighters, but also for the dozens of private contractors who provide support.
California businesses forced to close during the wildfires may now be sorting out pay and leave issues with employees.
UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: (AP) - About 60 people remain unaccounted for in Napa and Sonoma counties, down from 100 on Monday. Firefighters are battling a new fire that sprang up overnight in the southern Bay Area Santa Cruz mountains, prompting evacuations.
Hundreds of California families lost homes in the recent wildfires. The state property tax system has safeguards in place.