David Vs Goliath – Lost Art’s Fight With The FDA
Earlier this week the FDA continued their efforts to in trying to get a court order passed to stop Lost Art from sharing information about their law suit against the FDA with the public.
Considering that Lost Art are fighting for clarity and transparency, two things the FDA have been historically bad at providing, it seems ironic the FDA are trying to silence them from even speaking about the case outside of the courtroom.
The FDA were burdened with the duty to protect the public health and claim this is what they’re doing in the case of e-cigarettes despite the fact they have been allowing people to believe that e-cigarettes and vaping pose as significant of a risk to public health as smoking. Lost Art argue that the FDA should be more forthcoming and need to share the information they have to support the decision to deem vape products as “tobacco” products. It seems like a small ask to have a government agency provide some shred of evidence to support it’s decision to limit the ability for people to make their own informed decisions…
The evidence that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking is overwhelming, more and more public health officials and scientists are speaking out on behalf of vaping every day, with very little information coming from the FDA, one is left to either assume they’re ignoring this evidence, or worse, they’re actively dismissing it in order to serve some other purpose. One thing is for sure, moving to deny the public access to life saving technology directly contradicts the FDAs stated mission: “To guarantee the safety, quality, purity, efficacy of products in order to protect and promote the right to health of the general public.”
If the FDA were actually interested in promoting public health, they’d welcome new evidence, in fact they’d actively seek it. If they had any intention of behaving in the best interests of the public, they’d welcome the prospect of sharing information and the extra insight that would bring.
It seems to me, the current FDA has an ulterior motive and unfortunately public health has taken a back seat.