The FDA’s origins as a federal consumer protection agency began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. For over 115 years, the agency has been responsible for regulating health and human safety for all Americans, including but not limited to the passage of the latest cancer therapeutics and diagnostics.
Testing Our Patients is a limited discussion series about how the sausage is made when bringing life-saving diagnostic tests and breakthrough medicines to cancer patients in desperate need of hope. Diverse schools of thought often collide between the risk/reward of rushing approvals too soon vs. the patient advocates who decry, “What’s taking so long? We just want to live.”