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Health Agencies Update
June 28, 2006

Views on the FDA

JAMA. 2006;295(24):2839. doi:10.1001/jama.295.24.2839-d

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 ( 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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