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Letters to the Editor
December 2003

You Have a Friend at the FDA

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(12):1358. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.12.1358

I thoroughly enjoyed the well-organized article with thoughtful comments by John D. Casler, MD, titled "Clinical Use of New Technologies Without Scientific Studies" published in the June issue of the ARCHIVES.1 He clearly and succinctly delineates the role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in oversight of medical devices and the ethical dilemmas of developing new surgical procedures using new technologies.

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