Wyden sings own song

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ron Wyden has introduced the "FDA Modernization Act of 1995," which would modify existing law by making the secretary of Health and Human Services responsible for "rapidly making decisions on the approval of drugs and devices."

The Oregon Democrat, apparently continuing to advance his own reform agenda ahead of the Clinton adminstration, would allow conditional approval of drugs, biologics and devices for life-threatening diseases "on the basis of valid scientific evidence demonstrating a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness."