Monday, July 23, 2012
The inadvertent release of
documents related to an FDA investigation of five employees suspected of
leaking confidential information shines a spotlight on a dysfunctional culture
at FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
But the controversy over the
investigation - which included cyber monitoring of employee computers - raises
an issue much bigger than the dysfunction of one division of one government
agency. It is the ability to discuss divergent scientific opinions while
balancing the absolute imperative to make decisions that will inevitably run
counter to the strongly held views of some agency employees.