In light of the British FSA and its failure to find horse meat, the FSA that failed to control the banking industry, the NHS that failed to look after thousands of patients properly, the EA that did bugger all about potential flood zones. Well this is about the Federal Drugs Authority in the USA. Listening to a podcast last night from an independent consultant that tests drugs and medical devices for insurance companies. He revealed a startling statistic. Most companies approach him with a product which has passed the FDA trials and tests which cost them millions and take up to ten years to release for consumption. However, the companies trying to get the products on the insurers approval list have to satisfy independent assessment. Of the products passed and stamped by the FDA 71% fail the insurance company trials. As far as the consultant is concerned the bureaucratic stamp of approval is a pointless irrelevance. The insurance companies have to satisfy themselves that they will not end up in expensive court cases before issuing compliance. Even more startling is that he also has a list of products that were not accepted by the FDA which the insurance companies would like to use. Along with that, the ten year trials stop useful products coming to market. The independent companies take only 3 years and carry out a far higher number of trials with more in depth testing like double blind.