This week on NOW:
Vioxx was one of the most widely used prescription drugs in the world
and, for many, it may have been a killer. The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) is supposed to guarantee the safety of the
medicines we take, so how could it have disregarded warnings from its
own scientists about this looming public health disaster? In BAD
MEDICINE David Brancaccio provides a rare glimpse inside the FDA,
scrutinizing how it operates and revealing how cozy relationships with
drug makers may be putting lives at risk. In his first extended
television interview, FDA whistleblower Dr. David Graham reveals how his
FDA managers tried to silence him and quash evidence that indicated
Vioxx was unsafe.
Charity check. In the wake of the Tsunami, what's the real story on
America's foreign aid. A David Brancaccio essay.