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Wed Apr 4, 2012, 09:38 AM

Drug and Medical Device Companies Have Outsized Influence on FDA

Drug and Medical Device Companies Have Outsized Influence on FDA
By Union of concerned scientists - Ucs

Source: Union of Concerned ScientistsWednesday, April 04, 2012

http://www.zcommunications.org/drug-and-medical-device-companies-have-outsized-influence-on-fda-by-union-of-concerned-scientists-ucs

Data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics and commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists show that between 2009 and 2011, prescription drug, biotechnology and medical device companies spent more than $700 million lobbying Congress and the Obama administration.

Thatís a lot of money. By comparison, the insurance industry spent $480 million in the same period. Drug companies alone spent more than $487 million on lobbying during the three-year period; biotechnology and medical device companies spent $126 million and $86 million, respectively.

Over the same period, elected officials on a House subcommittee and a Senate committee with oversight over FDA received nearly $6.3 million in campaign contributions from these industries. Donations went to both Republicans and Democrats.

Explore the major findings from our investigation and see all of the data we relied upon using the links to the right. ..............

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