How Transparent is the FDA Transparency Blog?
Last month, I wrote a posting called "When Transparency is Easy -Advisory Committee Transparency" suggesting that the transparency at FDA would be greatly enhanced if there were once again links from the rosters of advisory committee members to their CVs. Such links used to be common place, now they are only in place for about half of CDER's committee membership. Once I posted this, one reader made a comment that I should leave the information as a comment to the FDA's Transparency Blog. I thought that a good idea.
So I went to the FDA Transparency Blog during that week and left a comment in response to the FDA's Question on the blog - How Can FDA Use its Website to Improve Transparency at the Agency? to the effect that the transparency among advisory committee members was lacking. I put in my name, web address and was careful to craft the comment so that it was concise, clear and of course, respectful. I received a notice saying that all comments were moderated. No problem.
Except there was. The comment was never posted to the blog. There were a lot of comments about what a good job the FDA is doing. But mine never made the cut. And, I don't know why. No transparency available on that front.
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