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Letter to the FDA Criticizing the Agency’s Inappropriate Redaction of Advisory Committee Member Curricula Vitae

February 4, 2014

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In a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Chief Counsel Elizabeth Dickinson, Public Citizen expresses concern about redactions of the curricula vitae (CVs) of advisory committee members that are posted on the FDA’s website. A great many of the members’ CVs have significant redactions with the notation either (b)(4) or (b)(6), referring to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions from disclosure that protect confidential commercial information and personal privacy. These redactions are unjustified under FOIA, and Public Citizen asks that the FDA promptly revise the web pages so that CVs appear in full.

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