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Friday, July 5, 2013 Permalink

Intelligence Squared: The FDA's Caution is Hazerdous to Our Health


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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  • Jeff Chiu / AP

    Rocky Fire Nearly Doubles In Size; 50 Structures Destroyed

    Sunday, August 02, 2015

    9:15 a.m. - Fire officials say the Rocky Fire has grown to 47,000 acres, with containment holding at 5 percent. The fire has burned 24 homes and 26 outbuildings, with more than 6,000 structures still threatened.

  • Jeff / AP

    Winds Cause Rocky Fire To Continue Growth; More Evacuations Ordered

    Saturday, August 01, 2015

    UPDATE: 10:52 p.m. - Additional mandatory evacuations ordered. The Rocky Fire, near Clear Lake in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties, has destroyed 24 homes and 6,156 structures are threatened. The fire is 27,000 acres, with containment at 5 percent.