I suppose it makes me some sort of nut, but I don't think that MORE regulation is exactly the answer to very much. For one, more regulation means more money would be devoted to the FDA, which of course makes the FDA head very happy. Secondly, the FDAs track record isn't...good. They stink.\nInstead, I'd propose something entirely different. Reduce the scope of the FDA to the following - handling complaints. If someone falls ill due to medicinal side effects, or eats tainted food, instead of the FDA handing out fines and advocating for more reform, hand it over to the Justice Department. \nIn essence, an instance of a defective product would be treated as Criminal Negligence. Somebody dies because of a product, in a case where it wasn't intended use? That could be treated as a negligible homicide. Treat the actions as such, you'll see a drop off.\nI justify it thus - if you recall the melamine milk scandal about a year ago, three executives from the Chinese company were put on trial for the actions which resulted in so many deaths. One went to prison, and the other two were SHOT. I don't advocate fascistic executions in that manner at all, but I DO advocate that idea. If harm is done, the retribution is full out. That's justifiable. \nMore FDA regulation, which is already, for one, almost completely bought off by Big Pharma, and for two, already a huge expense. You can't justify putting even more taxpayer payday loans
into an agency that fails to do it's job.