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Sen. Grassley calls for backup in probing FDA spy scandal

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 2:15pm
Mass Device

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) calls on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the Inspector General for the Department of Health & Human Services to investigate allegations that the FDA spied on and persecuted whistleblowers within its medical device review unit.

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) called for backup in probing the ongoing investigation into reports that the FDA spied on whistleblowers within the federal watchdog agency's medical device review unit.

Grassley called on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the Inspector General for the Department of Health & Human Services to investigate allegations that the FDA spied on and persecuted employees who raised questions about certain medical device review practices.

"The agency's conduct might have broken the law," Grassley said in prepared remarks.  "Independent investigations are necessary to determine whether that's the case.  Besides the legal questions, we need independent investigations to determine what the agency did and why.   Accountability requires getting these kinds of answers."

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