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Another Lying Bush Official?

Posted by MEC on March 30, 2007

Dems Question FDA Chief’s Testimony

House Democrats are investigating whether FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach lied under oath about the antibiotic Ketek, which has long been under scrutiny by Congress.

The seriousness of the inquiry was outlined in a letter sent Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. The letter requested that the department make available by the close of business Wednesday all documents used to prepare von Eschenbach for his testimony. Also, the lawmakers asked Leavitt to make available all senior staff and counsel who participated in preparing him for his testimony.


At a hearing by his subcommittee on March 22, Stupak aggressively questioned von Eschenbach about a questionable study of the drug before it was approved. The study was marred by fraud involving one of the 1,800 sites that enrolled patients given the drug.

But Von Eschenbach said the study was not used as part of the decision to approve Ketek.

“That is false,” Stupak said during the hearing. The congressman said he believed the doctor was being forthright. “But whoever is doing your work is trying to lead this committee down the wrong path. We know these issues. We are on top of these issues, so when you come and give us testimony that isn’t accurate, we are going to call you on it,” Stupak said.

All together now: “What a difference an election makes.”

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