The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Side effects are typically mild, and may include liver failure and death

If there's one thing you can say about this administration, it's that they've really managed to implement their managerial style from top to bottom. Well, that and they hate science, love corporations, and have a secrecy fetish.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA, was sent home empty-handed today by federal health officials who refused the powerful Republican access to information on a controversial drug approved by the FDA. (. . .)

Grassley has been investigating why FDA officials approved the sale of the antibiotic Ketek even after the government learned safety tests on the drug had been forged. Grassley wanted to speak with the FDA investigator who uncovered the fraud. (. . .)

The study with the forged test results was conducted at a former weight loss clinic in Gadsden, Alabama. Dr. Maria Anne Kirkman-Campbell is serving five years in prison for falsifying safety test results on Ketek.

A former nurse, Michelle Snedeker, told ABC News she was ordered to forge documents and report data on people who had not even been given Ketek. The doctor was paid $400 for each of the 407 subjects that she enrolled for the study.