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March 29, 1976

FDA Defended

JAMA. 1976;235(13):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260390013011

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To the Editor.—  To the response of J. Richard Crout, MD, of the Bureau of Drugs (234:480, 1975) to the comment of Dr Freis (229:689, 1974) that "the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is depriving American physicians and patients of useful hypertensive drugs," may I add the following.For the past three years, I have been a member of the panel of ophthalmic device classification of the FDA. This has necessitated many trips during the year to Washington, a close liason with the FDA and with other members of other panels dealing with drugs, and other devices.I can only say that I was most pleased with the total cooperation shown by government officials in all aspects of evaluating drugs and devices, bending backwards to give the manufacturer and public a break in interpretation of rules, but all within the framework of the law as it is spelled out. One