FDA chief at odds with Congress

11/30/2006 | Washington Post, The

Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, acting head of the FDA, refuses to give Congress all the information it seeks about the controversial antibiotic Ketek. Von Eschenbach said disclosure of the information could hinder the FDA's ability to independently and objectively evaluate drug safety and other issues. His position puts him on a collision course with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who is blocking Eschenbach's confirmation to be permanent head of FDA.

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