It seems that, while I was chairing a conference on the FDAâ€™s Critical Path program (along with notables such as McClellan, Woodcock, and Temple), â€œRegulator-without-Portfolioâ€ Steve Nissen was calling me names (â€œobscure flackâ€) and this blog (www.drugwonks.com) â€œvile.â€
And no one even called the hall monitor.
Well â€œvileâ€ is in the eyes of the beholder â€“ but better that then servile to the whims of the Patron Saint of Meta-Analysis. (The good news, however, is that (1) Dr. Nissen is reading drugwonks.com and (2) since his nasty comments our traffic has spiked. So, thanks Steve.)
Windhoverâ€™s Roger Longman offers this perspective on Steverinoâ€™s puerile bellyaching:
â€œIn perhaps the most entertaining of talks, Regulator-without-Portfolio and Cleveland Clinicâ€™s cardiovascular boss Steve Nissen blasted the FDA leadership for soulless toadying to industry. He started at the top with Andrew von Eschenbach â€“ damned as a close Bush friend (admittedly, from our point of view, hardly a recommendation) and a â€œurologistâ€ (an apparent reference to some religio-medical schema that blesses the cardiovascular as kosher and condemns the urological as treif) â€¦
... There is also this odd fact: the Mafia which, the accusation goes, ran/runs FDA for the benefit of Republicans and Big Pharma, approved a mere trickle of new products while wrapping lots of existing ones with new warnings and restrictions. Were these Mammonites merely incompetent at serving their Master?â€
Rogerâ€™s complete musings can be found here â€¦
For more on Dr. Nissenâ€™s â€œissuesâ€ see here:
Cardiologists who live in glass houses shouldnâ€™t throw epitaphs.