“Congress is owned by Pharma”: FDA adviser

  • The following is an excerpt from an article by Adriana Belmonte of Yahoo Finance.

Pharmaceutical companies are under the
spotlight with congressional hearings on
the cost of drug prices and allegations of the industry’s role in the opioid

Dr. Raeford Brown, a
pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital
and chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Committee on Analgesics and Anesthetics, has been openly
critical of big pharma
 and the lack of proper oversight from the FDA.

Despite many
politicians, particularly declared presidential candidates, beginning to speak
out against big pharma, Brown does not think that anything will come out of it
“because Congress is owned by pharma.”

“The pharmaceutical
industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single
year,” he told Yahoo Finance. “In 2016, they put $100 million into the
elections. That’s a ton of money.”

OpenSecrets, a website operated by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, tracks money in U.S. politics. It ranked the top 20 members of the House and the Senate that have received the most campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical and health products industry during the 2017-2018 election cycle.

The rest of the article can be found here: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/congress-big-pharma-money-123757664.html

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