Independent US review lists catalogue of failings at Center for Tobacco Products

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (FDA CTP) is “reactive and overwhelmed”, staff are “fatigued”, the industry and public health advocates are “frustrated”, litigation has “upended” the CTP’s plans for performing its functions, and repeated changes of top personnel at the agency have also hindered its ability to act effectively.

These are among the problems identified in a report released last night by the Reagan-Udall Foundation, an independent nonprofit which works closely with the FDA and which was asked by FDA commissioner Robert Califf earlier this year to evaluate the CTP’s operations.

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Barnaby Page

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Before joining ECigIntelligence in early 2014 as one of its first employees, Barnaby had a 30-year career as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and online services, working in Canada, the US and the Middle East as well as his current British location. He has edited publications covering fields including technology and the advertising industry, and was launch editor of the first large daily online news service in the British regional media. Barnaby also writes on classical music and film for a number of publications. Barnaby manages the editorial and reporting teams and works closely with the analyst teams, to ensure that all content meets high standards of quality and relevance. He also writes for the site occasionally, mostly on science-related issues, and is a member of the Association of British Science Writers.

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