Letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg on FDA Advisory Committee Chair Participation in Pharmaceutical Industry Conference

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In a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Public Citizen’s Dr. Sidney Wolfe raises concerns regarding the participation of an FDA Advisory Committee chairperson in a pharmaceutical industry conference. In her conference presentation, the chairperson will be advising industry employees on ways to improve the likelihood of a drug’s receiving FDA approval. Such pro-industry activity on the part of an advisory committee representative could undermine public confidence both in FDA advisory committees and in the agency itself.