FDA launches transparency program

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an online program called FDA Basics to make the federal agency and its operations more transparent to the public.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an online program called FDA Basics to make the federal agency and its operations more transparent to the public, a cornerstone of the Obama administration's platform.

In the past, the FDA was criticized for a lack of transparency. The Wall Street Journal explains:

The FDA has long operated under strict confidentiality rules because its scientists handle reams of proprietary information from food, drug and device companies. However, the FDA's operating style has come under fire in recent years from critics who have charged that the agency is too slow to disclose drug safety issues.

The FDA said in a news release that it will hold webinars to answer questions about the agency and the products it regulates. It will also hold monthly online interviews with senior officials to discussion issues ranging from access and the food supply to indoor tanning. In June, the organization said it had created transparency task force.

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