Jun 16, 2021 - Health

Watchdog group calls for FDA removals over Aduhelm approval

FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock wears a blue blazer and sits at a table in Congress.
FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Public Citizen is asking Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to fire three top FDA officials — Janet Woodcock, Patrizia Cavazzoni and Billy Dunn — over the agency's "indefensible decision to approve" Biogen's Alzheimer's treatment, Aduhelm, according to a letter the consumer advocacy group sent today.

Why it matters: The FDA increasingly has approved drugs that come with high price tags but have weak or no clinical evidence of working, like Aduhelm, and now more scientists and medical experts are calling for an overhaul of the agency's leadership.

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