March 2, 2022 | The Christian Science Monitor
On March 2, 2022, EPPC Fellow Dr. David Gortler, a former senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on the loss of trust in public health agencies.
At the FDA, the biggest problem may be the appearance or risk of conflicted interests, says David Gortler, a former senior adviser to the FDA commissioner. Commissioners and high-level staff regularly leave public service for jobs at the drug companies they once regulated.
“The FDA is not a transparent organization,” adds Dr. Gortler, now a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. “People hate the FDA because they don’t understand what they do.”