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Sunday, April 26, 2020

In the 1980s, the Washington Post published the following letter: "My name is John Nestor. "I get in the left-hand lane. I drive the speed limit [55mph], that's the law. It's easier for me to drive in the left because it's easier for me to not move. And if somebody wants to speed, that is their problem." Nestor was the cause of regularly occurring traffic jams. Drivers would pull into the right lanes to pass him, snarling up traffic wherever he went. It turns out that the very same John Nestor was the head of the FDA unit in charge of approving renal and cardiac drugs. In character, Nestor saw that every new drug application was deep-sixed. When questioned, Nestor's logic was inarguable. He pointed out that no patients had died taking a drug he had approved. As a result of the publicity, Nestor got transferred. He sued, won, and regained his old position. To me, this is a perfect metaphor for the FDA.


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