This isn’t your average David versus Goliath story. It’s a story of one person inside the FDA who went to hell and back to fight for what she believed was right. [AP story here]
Victoria Hampshire, who gathered side effect info on animal drugs for the FDA, fought to get Proheart 6 off the market when her numbers showed that it was linked to more than 500 deaths. But what was really alarming was the conflict of interest, shadowy tactics, and hardball politics employed by those who stood the most to benefit from the drug dollars.
Hampshire won her war when Wyeth ordered possibly the largest pet drug recall in history, but not before she took on tremendous personal losses at each battle. The 2004 saga also involves FDA’s Dr. Sundlof and other veterinary officials, who are currently embroiled in the pet food recall.
The heartwarm drug is still on sale in Canada and Europe. And may soon return to the US.