Peek into the Process

A series of articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week examines the US Food and Drug Administration's approval process.

One paper from a Yale University School of Medicine-based group looks at the evidence supporting FDA's decisions to approve nearly 190 drugs between 2005 and 2012. Joseph Ross, an assistant professor of medicine at Yale, and his colleagues report that the clinical trial evidence justifying each approval varies in quality.

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