The GAO has issued a report stating that the recent FDA ruling on relaxing access restrictions to "Plan B" contraception was "unusual" in a number of ways.
Notable among the irregularities was Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Mark "I'm Proud of Scott" McClellan's involvement in the decision. He came out as an opponent early on. In an environment of wide support within the FDA on the science, the proposal was inexplicably rejected.
The key findings of the GAO report were that the FDA did not employ its usual procedures and scientific standards in weighing the Plan B application. GAO investigator Marcia Crosse said it was unusual for top FDA officials to get actively involved. The decision to reject the application was signed by Steven Galson, the senior officer of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, because lower-ranking officials disagreed with his conclusion.
McClellan has said that his involvement with "Plan B" was "consistent with his usual practices."
Really? Were all his other actions at the FDA corrupt as well?
This story will surprise exactly nobody. But it is, nevertheless, outrageous.