|"The operating principle of the MHRA seems to be to do nothing until something goes wrong." - Richard Horton The Lancet.|
Far be it for anyone to criticize the failure of the UK medicines regulatory agency...they may be labelled vexatious - However, this does not seem to have deterred the editor of The Lancet, Richard Horton.
In an article published in today's Independent, Horton states, "The operating principle of the MHRA seems to be to do nothing until something goes wrong."
His scathing attack comes after Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, announced last week that there was to be a review of the regulation of medical devices.
Don't hold your breath folks, the MHRA have been criticized for years, they are still in place, still safeguarding human health by monitoring drugs, such as suicidal Seroxat and devices such as substandard breast implants, both of which they were warned about, both of which they did nothing about.
I echo what Richard Horton said although I'd add that even when they [MHRA] do realize something is wrong...they do nothing about it, apart from hold safety reviews with panels of industry-tied relics who tout that benefits outweigh risks...without actually ever trying out the products they review.
The scathing attack from the editor of The Lancet can be seen in full HERE.
Incidently, two questions tabled in parliament today which the MHRA have fence sat on for many years:
Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what warnings his Department has issued on possible teratogenic effects of the use of benzodiazepines; when such warnings were issued; and on what scientific evidence they were based.and
Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has assessed Seroxat [paroxetine] as being teratogenic.
I fully anticipate that the Secretary of State for Health shall contact the MHRA and be given the runaround in his search for the truth.
In the meantime, here's some more evidence of the British regulatory agency causing annoyance. [vexatious].
Another Boob From the MHRA
MHRA To 'Re-educate' UK Doctor's on SSRi's Part I
MHRA To 'Re-educate' UK Doctor's on SSRi's Part II "Keeping A Stiff Upper Lip"
MHRA To 'Re-educate' UK Doctor's on SSRi's Part III - MHRA's Ghosts In The Machine
MHRA In Buck-Passing Specialist Cahoots
MHRA - More on the Mysterious "Ghost Specialists"
MHRA Wishing To Call The Shots
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