Under the Bush administration, the safety of Americans' health is based solely on one thing: The Profit Motive.
Don't believe it? Look at a recent FDA panel's vote to keep Bextra and Vioxx off the market, despite the curious and unintended effect those drugs had on patients the tendency to kill them.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently conducted a review of these panels and found that 10 members had ties to the drug makers.
The kicker, from AP:
The New York Times reported its own analysis in Friday editions, indicating that the 10 individuals in question voted 9-1 in favor of allowing the drugs to be sold.
Without their votes, the Times said, the result would have been 12-8 to recommend withdrawing Bextra and 14-8 to keep Vioxx off the market.