Pentagon, FDA Disagree Over Bill Allowing Use of Unapproved Drugs


November 10, 2017
OAN Newsroom

A bipartisan deal is being reached in Congress to resolve an ongoing dispute over whether to let the Defense Department approve medical products in an emergency.

Under current law the FDA has the sole authority to make decisions on the use of medical products.

However, the Senate’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would allow the Pentagon to sign off on unapproved drugs and medical devices.

The Department of Health and Human Services warned Congress the provision would undermine decades of FDA protections.

House and Senate lawmakers are meeting to work out the final version of the NDAA.

  • norris

    As a retired army combat medic, I can vouch for the need to use unconventional means. We called it ditch medicine when I was a young soldier. It is not the go to method, but if it’s all you got…. The FDA maybe a bunch of bloated bureaucrats, but our society has made them that way. You cannot lump through life taking no responsibility for yourself and suing everyone for everything and not create things like the FDA. I would guess the DOD is trying to backdoor the prices they get charged by suppliers.

  • thecleaner45

    The FDA has been releasing drugs for years not knowing the side effects. They use to have to do a 5 to 10 yr study. Now they do 6 months and the patient becomes the long term use study. As people die from these drugs they keep them on the market to keep the study going until the head count gets to high then they pull it. Anytime you put any kind of pill in your mouth you are taking a chance. One I care never to do. I don’t take OTC or prescription drugs and I’m in the greatest shape compared to my friends who eat them like tic tacs.

  • Melissa McShane

    I really wish they would lessen the amount of items that need a prescription. Is there a valid reason why we can’t get antibiotics without a script? I’m sure there are some muscle relaxers and or even low dose pain meds that can be sold OTC. Then again, if they were the price would probably triple. A friend of mine is always making a medication run down to Mexico and she has quite a few people requesting certain stuff that they can’t afford to pay a doctor to prescribe.

  • FoolIggy

    EMPIRE BUILDING at its finest. FDA is a bloated bureaucracy that cares little if people live or die but rather whether they have complete control.

    COMPLETE control at any federal agency ensures the top government leadership is wine’d, dine’d, and vacation’d by PAC’s and the BIG PHARMA’s to control who gets to come to market with their new cure!

    Make no mistake about it, this is PERVERTED BUSINESS at its best and makes swamp dwelling rats very wealthy while others suffer.

    Absolutely confident this is NOT the democracy our founding fathers envisioned!

    DRAIN THE SWAMP, BUST UP THE RATS NEST & ELIMINATE CAREER politicians and bloated government bureaucracies.

    America will be a better place for it!

  • Ken Knerr

    Cloning soldiers is next.

  • landy fincannon

    What ever came of the Gulf War Syndrome? Didn’t DOD force solders to take amtarx vaccine?

  • Living_The_Dream

    Why would anyone give the Department of Defense, the authority to approve medical products? That would be like asking the FDA to design our next Joint Tactical Fighter.

    • Living_The_Dream

      I never heard this statement until the last three years of my 24yrs of active duty service, “You stay in your swim lane, I’ll stay in mine.” To allow the DoD to approve medical products, opens them up for a myriad of lawsuits in the future . . . . just my opinion though.

    • All American

      The FDA is useless think about GMO’s and Monsanto poisoning humanity

      • Living_The_Dream

        . . . . and people think the DoD would be better at making medical related decision? Have you been treated by military doctors? They get it right about 50% of the time, from my personal experience of 24yrs on active duty.

        • All American

          First I would like to thank you for your Service and your 24 years of Active Military Duty🇺🇸God Bless You…
          Like Our President stated America’s Military are the “Jewels in Our Crown” thus if anyone ever deserved their choice in treating Physician paid for by the US Taxpayers it is all of you.

  • brandehhh

    FDA needs to be knocked off their high horse. They allow chemicals that harm us to be put into our food and water yet block any homeopathic or natural avenues for anyone to manage pain or illness. They’ve destroyed good companies because they can’t regulate them and make money off them. Yet sugarcoat what injuries and deaths happen with FDA approved drugs.

    • All American

      You hit the nail on the head!

    • Jim Hatfield

      And what you need may finally be tested and approved if you can wait for the turn of the next century.

  • willnkc

    Where in the constitution does it give either of these bureaucracies the power to regulate any substance?

  • CDG

    Sooo sounds like this is specifically about the use of medicinal Marijuana for veterans suffering from PTSD issues? It has shown promise in non DoD funded studies to help. I am not aware of any other “emergency” medications that would be required by vets but not the general public. We will see how it plays out.

    • john smith

      The Medical Marijuana myth is getting out of hand. The dopers have been pushing this for years. Lets take California for example the State of Health and vitality. Yet a huge number of the people there are on Medical Marijuana, they suffer from every sickness that the medical experts have come up with, but mostly the ones that defy any provable diagnosis.