More on the Factory Farms Antibiotics Use Ruling
“The judge put the burden on the pharmaceutical industry to prove that its products are safe. Here’s the money quote from the decision: “If, at the hearing, the drug sponsors fail to show that use of the drugs is safe, the [FDA] Commissioner must issue a withdrawal order,” i.e., ban the drugs…
“As yet, there is no timetable on when the court-ordered hearings will take place. And getting the FDA to initiate them in an election year—when both Big Meat and Big Pharma will be pumping money into campaigns—may be tricky. “[T]he fight is far from over: further court proceedings will likely be required to establish a timeline for FDA to act, and FDA could appeal the decision which could delay action for months or even years,” NRDC attorney Avinash Kar wrote in a Friday blog post.” via Tighter Rules for Factory Farm Antibiotics? Maybe. | Mother Jones.
I wonder if public pressure can expedite this process? No doubt there will be Internet petitions urging the FDA to move on the process. But how much effect can those actually have? Not to be cynical, but in an election year, probably not much.