As the chaos seems to grow daily in Washington D.C. it is extremely worrying that the Trump administration appears to be deciding about lessening regulations on drugs and food. Of course, a lot of the drug companies are delighted about this because with the present system, it takes a long time for a drug to be brought to market. That is because drugs have to be thoroughly tested to be sure they are safe. The regulations were made stricter after so many babies were born with missing arms and or legs when their mothers took thalidomide for sleeping during their pregnancies.
One former director of the FDA said that we have the most reliable food and drugs in the world because of our regulations. So what will happen if this new chaotic administration decides to turn back regulations to the 1950s? An article in the New York Times on February 6, 2017 by Katie Thomas notes that "ninety percent of drugs that enter clinical development fail the trials" that are now required.
Rather than cutting the present regulations, it would make more sense to fill the 1000 staff positions now empty. There have been a few recent drugs pushed through quickly because of pressure by parents' groups for children with incurable diseases. These drugs had very few clinical trials and hopefully they will help and not increase the children's problems. Every day seems to bring a change in policy for this administration, so we can just hope the present regulations for drugs and food stay in place.