Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007
(Washington, DC) — The Senate’s unanimous passage of FDA drug safety reform legislation clears the way for the President to sign the most significant prescription drug safety reforms in 45 years, Consumers Union said today.
“Both chambers of Congress and both parties have united in passing a landmark drug safety reform bill,” said Bill Vaughan, CU senior policy analyst. “It will help save countless lives in the future by more quickly detecting and warning of dangerous drugs.”
“There is no question the FDA faces enormous resource and technical challenges in ensuring the safety of drugs, foods, and cosmetics, and there is always more work to be done. While there are further safety improvements we’d like to see, this legislation is a huge step forward — probably the most important change in FDA powers since 1962,” Vaughan said.
“With the enactment of this legislation, there should be no excuse for future FDA failure to quickly and aggressively protect the public from unsafe drugs.”