Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District Dave Hughes said in a media release that if elected he would author legislation to abolish the FDA’s drug-efficacy requirement. Hughes said revoking the rule, which was enacted in 1962, would promote medical freedom. Before 1962, he noted, drug makers only had to demonstrate to the FDA for market approval that a new drug was safe, not that it was necessarily effective. The medical community would determine, by trial and error, whether a medication was useful or not.
“Today, this 1962 law is unnecessarily and tragically slowing our response to COVID-19 and other diseases,” said Hughes.