Friday, March 11, 2011

Did the FDA Lie to Congress about Genetic Testing?

Wired asks, "Did The FDA's Jeffrey Shuren Mislead A Congressional Hearing?"
A video posted yesterday on FDABlog appears to show Jeffrey Shuren, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, providing misleading information to a 2010 Congressional hearing into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing industry.

The timing of the video's release is no coincidence: we currently sit in the middle of yet another FDA-engineered spectacle on DTC genomics, which seems likely to generate a recommendation that all health-related genetic tests be offered only through a clinician gate-keeper, so the integrity of the FDA's approach to the industry is an important question.
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The FDA becoming more aggressive in its attempts to obstruct the consumer genetic testing industry. But if these accusations are true, this is a new low for them.

(I covered some of this in my 2010 PajamasMedia piece, "Should You Be Allowed To Know What's In Your DNA?")