KESSLER'S KOPS--PART TWO
From The Cancer Chronicles #14
© Feb. 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
Dr. David Kessler will stay on as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at least for a few months. On 1/15, Pres. Bush demanded the resignations of hundreds of political appointees, but on 1/20 Kessler and NIH Director Bernadine Healy were among four dozen people granted a reprieve by Pres. Clinton. If the new president wants to retain them in his administration, however, they will have to pass Senate conÞrmation hearings.
Dr. Healy is a friend of alternative medicine, who has overseen the creation of the OAM within her ofÞce: activists are nervous about losing her.
But Kessler is another story. Since the FDA raid on Dr. Jonathan Wright¹s ofÞce last spring, Kessler has shown himself to be a "quackbuster," and has repeatedly refused to meet with alternative activists.
Kessler has been campaigning hard to keep his job. A Wall Street Journal editorial said Dr. Kessler kicked "Mr. Bush in the shins while toadying up to the Clinton administration...Instead of talking about new drugs approved and lives saved, Dr. Kessler boasts that Œthe number of seizures, the number of criminal cases referred to Justice have all increased.' "
The"FDA Insider" gave other reasons to dismiss him: to allow him to return
to private practice "where he can face the dilemma of trying to save the
life of a patient who can't get desperately needed medical technology
because FDA has...refused to approve its use"; and also to free him up
to "host his own weekly television series entitled 'Kessler¹s Kops,' which
will take America into the actual raids by armed Federal Marshals into
the clinics of the evil, insurgent, unarmed, weak, and frail dietary supplement
and alternative medicine crowd...."
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