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Can Drug Companies Bribe the FDA?

June 23, 2019

With drugs such as Lipitor achieving lifetime sales well over $100 billion, the motivation to use any means available to ensure drug approval is clear. Bribery of FDA officials has occurred in the past, but is unlikely to occur again for the reasons described below. The overall objective of the drug approval process is to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of a drug. This process takes many years, and involves a large number of people working for many different institutions.