Former FDA Commissioner Attempts To Justify It All

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David Kessler as quoted in Robert Higg’s The FDA: A Billy Club Is Not A Substitute for Eyeglasses (from Against Leviathan):

“If members of our society were empowered to make their own decisions about the entire of range of products which the FDA has responsibility … then the whole rationale for the agency would cease to exist. … To argue that people ought to be able to choose their own risks, that government should not interfere … is to impose an unrealistic burden on people when they are most vulnerable to manufacturers’ assertions. … Those are precisely the situations in which the legal and ethical justifications for the FDA’s existence is [sic] greatest.”

8:25 pm on April 4, 2008