FDA Investigating Donation to Scientist Heading BPA Advisory Panel

By Kristie Turck •  Published 10/16/08 •  2 min read

I’ve come down with another miserable cold so I am really behind on a couple things I meant to post this week.  This might not be new news for some because I’ve seen it around but I thought it was worthy of mentioning here too.  And then I’m going back to the couch to wallow in my stuffed up achiness.

The FDA Wouldn’t Take Bribes Would They? HA

I got an alert in my email a few days about a possible “scandal” involving the FDA and An Bisphenol-a advocate Charles Gelman, a medical supply manufacturer.  Apparently Mr Gelman made a sizable donation to the University of Michigan’s Risk Science Center in the sum of $5 Million.  The acting director of The Universtiy of Michigan’s Risk Science Center is Martin Philbert who also happens to be the head of the FDA advisory panel that is supposed to deliver an independent risk assessment of BPA.  Interesting!

Gelman says that Bisphenol-a is perfectly safe and is only being questioned “because worries about the chemical were being exaggerated by ‘mothers’ groups and others who don’t know the science.”  Does that include the National Toxicology Program, The Universtiy of Cincinnati, and the Journal of the American Medical Asoociation too?  They’re a bunch of moms who don’t know the science?  Ok.

Federal officials are investigating.  We’ll see…

Sources: JS Online, Associated Press