Americans have become less confident in the ability of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the safety and efficacy of new prescription drugs, according to a recent Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive health care poll of 2371 adults (http://www.harrisinteractive.com/news/allnewsbydate.asp?NewsID=1060). The poll found that 58% of respondents feel that the agency does a fair or poor job and 36% feel that it does a good or excellent job. The reverse was true in 2004, when 56% felt the FDA did a good or excellent job while 37% felt it did a fair or poor job.
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