There’s a good reason why Big Pharma cozies up to the FDA.
In the past, your local snake-oil salesman could just fill bottles full of puréed grass clippings and hot sauce and call it a cure-all. Fortunately, the drug industry is a lot more regulated than it used to be.
Highly flawed on several fronts, but still, regulated.
Nowadays, drug companies must go through a rigorous clinical-trial process before obtaining FDA approval. Even then, harmful drugs may fall through the cracks, but at least it’s better than taking the traveling apothecary’s word for it.
When you get a minute, check out this infographic detailing the FDA’s drug approval process. The length and depth of the process may surprise you.
It also highlights the very reason why keeping Big Pharma influence from the FDA is so important.
— J.M. Lanham