How Can FDA Avoid Political Interference? More Independence, Fewer Appointees, GAO Says
Former agency heads and outside experts suggest structural reforms in interviews with GAO. Report notes FDA had 10 political appointees in 2020 versus 5 in 2016 and 3 in 2022. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis describes Trump Administration actions against FDA in its final report.
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