TOLFA Segment 13, Question 7

Surely there must be some independent check on the safety of new drugs, so why not the FDA? Segment 13 names several reasons "why not the FDA", and all are valid.
Big Pharma needs nobody looking over its shoulder. Why would they try to poison their customers?
Probably several independent test labs would arise in a free market, similar to the "Consumer Guide" and "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" and the "Underwriters' Laboratory" today. Pharmaceutical manufacturers would welcome endorsement from such and they could be financed by subscription.

Don't hurry away; even when you've got the right answer, try clicking on the others to see why they are wrong! Then when you have correctly answered this make notes in your student notebook, go to Question 8.

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