.@adamcancryn: it's not just about opioids. It's about Exondys 51, Avandia, Plan B, and much much more. Woodcock is a classic case of regulatory capture. We deserve better. politi.co/317riux via @politico
Pharma & the patient groups on their payroll think the FDA is "theirs," with speedy approval the main goal, not the public health. They think this is "their pick," it's their sandbox. It's time for a change. Not someone who has been part of the biggest missteps in recent history.
Four cancer drugs had their indications voluntarily withdrawn over past few months. FDA is meeting to discuss further withdrawals due to lack of clinical evidence. They're feeling the heat, but what we're seeing is tip of the iceberg. Patients need access AND answers.
We need a reset, not more of the same at FDA, which has seen its standards erode over past few decades. I was part of the initial push to loosen the agency's mandate in the early 90s and it's gone way, way too far now. Frances Kelsey would be appalled.
It's really sad to see how far FDA has been sucked into the 'rightward shift' that Daniel Carpenter from @Harvard talked about in his major political history of the agency. It's where creeping de-regulation has found a happy home under Republicans and Democrats.
.@EdMarkey @SenatorHassan @Sen_JoeManchin @BernieSanders @SenWarren. Woodcock is bad news for the FDA. Hold out for a new voice, someone who wants to put the agency in service of the public health not industry.

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No @GovRonDeSantis. You got lucky. And now you're dancing on the graves of the dead. Why don't you go visit the relatives of the 32,000 dead in your state? Those among the 2M infected who will live with long-term effects of #COVID19. 1/
You miserable fuck. Never let a crisis go to waste. You see a way to profiteer from the pandemic for your political future and you're all in. 2/
Sound public health measures still apply. Widen out the lens & you'll see overall, some countries went all-in w/ containing #COVID19 in Oceania/East Asia, while many in the Western Hemisphere & Europe couldn't get it together to do that. Result? They fared better than we did. 3/
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.@jweirdo once again describes what I think better than I can. This is what writers do. Read this on the murders in Atlanta:
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"That blames sex and hides behind addiction." 2/
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You know what this DOESN'T do @GovNedLamont? Address the problems in getting to people who for various reasons will be at the end of the line no matter their age. You don't reach under-served populations by flinging open the gates to eligibility. @JoshGeballe @PMounds. 1/
What is the plan to get vaccines to under-served communities in this state? Step-by-step. Perhaps I've missed it. Then tweet it with as much fanfare as you are now with age eligibility widening. 2/
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But we LOVE babies right? Um, some bad news here too on infant mortality. 3/
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Anna Akhmatova died 55 years ago. Anna of all the Russias was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. 1/
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