posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 12:47 PM
Dr. Frank Davidoff is the third official to leave the beleaguered agency in as many months since the controversial handling of the Plan B
contraceptive, the "morning after" pill. Davidoff, a former member of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee, was serving as a paid
consultant to the FDA. He resigned in protest, saying the agency is choosing politics over science.
In his resignation letter, Davidoff said he wrote: "I can no longer associate myself with an organization that is capable of making such an important
decision so flagrantly on the basis of political influence, rather than the scientific and clinical evidence."
Some conservative groups have lobbied fiercly to keep Plan B as a prescription-only product. Plan B is a set of pills that can prevent pregnancy if
taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.
An FDA spokeswoman said Davidoff had been "a valued member of FDA's advisory committee" since 2001, and the agency "had hoped to continue using his
services as an FDA consultant" after his term expired this year.
"His decision to resign as a consultant is an unfortunate loss of expertise as we work toward solving the complex policy and regulatory issues related
to Plan B," she said.
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Looks like another fed-up scientist jumping ship at the FDA. The record number of resignations continues to grow. At some point the voice of reason
must be heard.
How can this administration continue to tell the American public that abortion is wrong, yet still fail to allow reasonable alternatives to move
forward into circulation? Its one thing to be Pro-Life, but does that mean No-Choice, as well?