see the FDA’s #1 job as "ensuring the safety and efficacy of new
prescription drugs," cited by 61% of the public; however, 58% of people
have a negative view of the FDA’s role in this job, compared to only
35% who think positively about the FDA’s performance in this key role.
This latest drop in confidence in the FDA is driven by the Heparin scare, blogged about here.
Other factors eroding confidence in the FDA include toy safety, food safety,
the recent toothpaste scare, and perceived lags in approving necessary
Jane’s Hot Points: Lack
of trust in our institutions is driving people toward nodes of positive
trust: first and foremost, to "people like me." I continue to refer to
the Edelman Trust Barometer on this issue, a source the I trust.
have lived with risk in daily life since Adam and Eve were tempted in
the Garden of Eden. There is a rising wave of risks, at least as we
perceive them, in our daily lives. The sub-prime mortgage crisis leads
us to mistrust financial services companies. The rising price of gas
drives us to mistrust oil companies. Health insurance denials for care
and increasing health costs compel us to mistrust insurance companies
and those who supply products to the industry.
management requires us to seek information that helps us manage those
risks on a daily basis. Increasingly, people are looking for
trustworthy sources in new places, offline and online. But in the case
of the FDA, which is charged with protecting the public’s health, where
else can we turn? Whether it’s to assess E. coli or new medsAmeri or that
new toy, we need a vigilant, productive, and effective FDA in our
corner. And, for now, 2 in 3 Americans is frustrated with the agency
that’s supposed to protect them.