Drugs: A Bit Intemperate

Not in many years had the much-assaulted pharmaceutical industry heard such an unbridled attack as came last week from the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. About 500 drug-company delegates gathered at Boca Raton, Fla., for the annual convention of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association could have used some of their own tranquilizers after the FDA's new boss, Dr. James Goddard, got up to speak. He accused the industry's executives of slovenliness, deception and dishonesty—and warned them that they had better straighten up or else face much stricter controls.

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