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“Consumers are getting the worst of both worlds,” says David C. Vladeck, a Georgetown Law School professor. “They don’t get the protection the FDA promises because the agency is incapable these days of truly providing a safeguard for the drugs we get. And at the same time, the FDA is claiming that if we’re injured by a product falling through this quite penetrable safety net, all our rights to compensation are cut off by virtue of the FDA’s regulations—inadequate though they may be.”