Whistleblower Lawsuit Puts Spotlight On FDA Technical Reviews

Sam Kean
Science Insider

The integrity of the scientific review process appears to be at the heart of recent allegations that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials spied electronically on whistleblowers—including scientists, an engineer, and a statistician—trying to expose alleged flaws in the agency’s approval process for cancer-screening devices.

Six former and current FDA employees last week filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the agency used spyware to take screenshots of employees’ personal e-mail accounts, and also retaliated against them in a number of ways for leaking documents to Congress and the press, including terminating their employment.

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