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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The drought intensified over the last week in the Western U.S. as the region swelters under a heatwave and firefighters battle major wildfires.
The Soberanes Fire in Monterey County is now 27,326 acres and is 10 percent contained. Meanwhile, the Sand Fire in Los Angeles County is 38,346 acres and is 65 percent.
Dangerous fire weather conditions has prompted one federal agency to impose fire restrictions on public lands in northern California.
UPDATE 9 p.m. (AP) - Officials say a wildfire burning near Big Sur has destroyed 34 homes as fire crews struggle to contain it.
UPDATE 5:30 p.m. - Acting Governor Tom Torlakson declares a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties due to the effects of the Sand and Soberanes fires.