THE preceding commentary by Drs. Louis Lasagna and William M. Wardell presents a distorted and unfair representation of hearings held earlier this year by the House Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee. Lasagna and Wardell state that at hearings in the House of Representatives chaired by Congressman Fountain, "FDA officials have been reprimanded for being 'soft' on industry and too ready to approve new drugs." They cite the hearing on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of propranolol for the relief of angina pectoris as a case in point, noting that cardiologists have for years accepted and used this drug in the management of severe angina.
First, I must state unequivocally that the Subcommittee hearing record does not support in any way the contention that FDA officials were reprimanded for being "soft" on industry. This is untrue. With respect to the approval of propranolol for angina, the Subcommittee was concerned solely and
Goldberg DC. Rebuttal. JAMA. 1975;232(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250020017016