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Don't be rash when approving medications

Parkinson's Disease is a devastating neurological disorder affecting about 1 million Americans. The degenerative disease is marked by tremors, difficulty moving, and slurred speech, and can eventually lead to dementia and depression. So when the drug Nuplazid was developed, which could effectively treat the psychosis associated with Parkinson's, it was natural that everyone wanted the medication available as quickly as possible.

Scientists, not spies

Enemy lists, computer surveillance and government cover-ups seem like the elements of any fictional spy-thriller blockbuster. However, these are all very real elements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its ploy to spy on whistleblowers within the agency has been recently uncovered. When scientists within the agency argued with FDA heads over the accuracy of reports, the FDA conducted surveillance of the scientists, secretly checking personal email accounts and documents. On July 16, congressional investigators revealed that surveillance of a group of FDA scientists had been approved by the FDA chief counsel's office.
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