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In a report released this week by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, evidence seems clear that senior FDA officials opposed the plans of the Bush administration to rewrite key administration policies. The plan by the administration was to preempt state laws and prevent consumers from making civil claims.

Calling many factual claims false, warning of improper labeling by companies, and pointing out the flaws in lack of over site the veteran officials saw the dangers in the administration’s actions. After recent reports of direct orders for preamble changes, these internal finds are even more troubling for the consumer. The report is also of great concern because it points out how the administration is getting around national and state legislators with there actions.

This week the United States Supreme Court is hearing the arguments in Levin vs. Wyeth. That case looks at the issue of whether FDA approval preempts state law after a 6.7 million dollar verdict in Vermont against pharmaceutical company Wyeth. There is no question that the administration has been working to protect these pharmaceutical companies.

Consumer protection laws are in question and the US Constitution seems clear:"All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." (Article. I, Section 1, Clause 1). The administration and the Supreme Court may be stealing this power.

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