Thursday, February 02, 2012

FDA monitoring of whistleblowers probed - The Washington Post

A senior Senate Republican has launched an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration’s secret e-mail monitoring of scientists who warned that unsafe medical devices were approved over their objections, saying whistleblowers often are treated “like skunks at a picnic.”

In a five-page letter released Wednesday, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded that FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg disclose who authorized the monitoring, how many employees were targeted and whether the agency obtained passwords to personal e-mail accounts, allowing communications on private computers to be intercepted. Grassley also wants to know whether the two-year surveillance campaign is ongoing.

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