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How do unsafe drugs reach the marketplace? Is the Food and Drug Administration overwhelmed by the supply and demand for drugs and incapable of guaranteeing the safety of the four billion prescriptions our pharmacies will fill this year? Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts. Today's WWLA is a re-edit of this morning's To the Point

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Producers:
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Red-Blue Electoral Map Could Be Redrawn This Fall 9 MIN, 23 SEC

pennsylvania_avenue.jpgWill California be a red state in November?  Can the democrats win in the south this time?  With more states up for grabs in November, both Democrats and Republicans are reworking their Electoral College strategies. Gerry Seib, executive Washington editor for the Wall Street Journal, is co-author of Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power.

Guests:
Gerald Seib, Washington Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal (@GeraldFSeib)

Main Topic How Safe Are Our Prescription Drugs? 21 MIN, 26 SEC

With 80 people dead after using a contaminated blood thinner imported from China, the head of the Food and Drug Administration faced withering cross examination from a Congressional subcommittee this week. If a drug is tested by scientists, does that mean it's safe? What if the scientists took money from the company that made the drug? Would more oversight slow down the process too much? Shouldn't the FDA be able to guarantee the safety of our prescriptions?

Guests:
Peter Pitts, former Associate Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
Eric Meslin, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Indiana University
Phil Fontanarosa, Executive Deputy Director, Journal of the American Medical Association

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