Andy's Ordeal is Over
With all the self-indulgent holds removed, Andy von Eschenbach finally gets confirmed. If Andy's defense of the integrity of the scientific process and the FDA during the last Grassley contretremps is a signal of what we are in for, it suggests that he see his ultimate responsibility to the employees of the agency, to patients and the scientific community. And it suggests that he will seek to generate more respect for the scientific enterprise that undergirds FDA's activities and transformation. Finally, the FDA will have someone who can set an intelligent and responsible course for the future, one that integrates the Critical Path with post market safety concerns, something that neither Congress or the IOM panel seems interested in or capable of.