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First, it is providing a means whereby key individuals on its payroll are able to obtain power and wealth through granting special favors to politically influential groups that are subject to its regulations. This activity is similar to the "protection racket" of organized crime; for a price, one can induce FDA administrators to provide "protection" from the FDA itself.
Secondly, as a result of this political favoritism, the FDA has become a primary factor in that formula whereby cartel-oriented companies in the food-and-drug industry are able to use the police powers of the government to harass or destroy their competitors.
And thirdly, the FDA occasionally does some genuine public good if that does not interfere with serving the vested interest of its first two activities
The American Medical Association and the Rockefeller and Carnegie interests "climbed into bed" together early in the twentieth century.
The relationship between the AMA Journal (the money-maker for the AMA) and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Association is obvious in the millions of dollars of advertising revenue collected by the Journal. In addition, the AMA has put millions of the organization’s retirement fund into drug companies. "…the success of the AMA and those who direct it depends on the prosperity and good will of the pharmaceutical industry"
two illustrative examples of the cartel's true nature: