(NaturalNews) At least nine current and former scientists at the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) medical device unit have filed
complaints against the agency for harassment and intimidation over their
concerns about the safety of FDA-approved medical devices. But for the
second time this year, federal officials have rejected those complaints
without even conducting a legitimate investigation.
reports, FDA scientists went public with concerns about the safety of
new medical imaging devices that inflict a heavy load of harmful
radiation on patients. Of particular concern are new computed tomography
(CT) scanning machines being used on otherwise healthy individuals to
screen for prostate cancer, which the same scientists say exposes
individuals to needlessly high levels of radiation. And these are the
same devices implicated in hundreds of radiation overdoses throughout
this past year.
The scientists say their FDA overseers pressured them to approve the devices despite the health
concerns, and even threatened to retaliate against them if they failed
to cooperate. These same managers actually overrode the scientists’
decisions, but without documenting a valid reason for doing so as is
required by law. And according to a recent Associated Press release, three of the "whistleblowers" had their contracts terminated after finally bringing their concerns before Congress.
worst of all is the fact that the office of inspector general at the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did not even perform a
into the matter before outright dismissing it. According to Dr. Julian
Nicholas, an Oxford-trained intestinal specialist that had his contract
at the FDA annulled for filing a complaint, the office did not even interview any of the scientists to hear their side of the story.
hard for me to believe this was a bona fide investigation when they
haven’t even contacted the people who reported these violations,"
Nicholas stated in an interview. "Such a huge amount of money is at
stake and so many people are affected, that for the (office of inspector
general) not to conduct a credible investigation is criminal in
Meanwhile, the FDA continues to insist that the new imaging devices are safe when used according to proper guidelines.
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