Does the FDA Protect Americans?


The FDA was the first consumer protection agency in the US. Since 1906, it's been issuing regulations meant to protect Americans from tainted food, ineffective drugs and pacemakers that don't work. But is the FDA too cozy with industries it regulates?

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Topics in this Podcast: FDA, science, Big Pharma