AVM Asks Federal Watchdog Agency to Investigate FDA


A trade group representing small vape businesses is asking the investigative arm of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to scrutinize possible improper political influences on the FDA’s vaping product review process.

In a July 7 letter to HHS Inspector General Christi Grimm, American Vapor Manufacturers Association (AVM) President Amanda Wheeler asked the watchdog agency to “open an inquiry into improper political pressure that appears to have influenced senior leadership at the [FDA] and the extent to which such interference has corrupted FDA’s statutory obligation to properly implement its premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) review process based solely on scientific, empirically-based judgment.”

The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent unit within the department, dedicated to investigating waste, fraud and abuse. The HHS OIG is the largest in the federal government, with more than 1,600 auditors, investigators and evaluators.

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Jim McDonald – Vaping360.com – 2022-07-15.

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