FDA Surveillance Effort Tracked Thousands of Personal Emails

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FDA officials surreptitiously tracked and archived tens of thousands of personal emails sent to non-FDA-affiliated individuals and the media by former and current scientists and staff regarding concerns about the agency’s medical device review and approval processes, the New York Times reports.

More than 80,000 pages of documents were generated during the secret surveillance effort, which included communications involving 21 FDA employees with members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, the Times reports.

According to the Times, the surveillance began in mid-2010 after a routine agency investigation into complaints by the scientists, who alleged that FDA was using faulty review procedures for the approval of certain medical imaging devices


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