Opioid Moratorium/Black Agenda Report
Dr. Sidney Wolfe explains why Pubic Citizen is calling for a moratorium on FDA approval of any new opioids. And Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report talks with Ralph about a wide range of issues, including right-wing black Democrats, blackface, and the militarization of the police.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, who along with Ralph was one of the co-founders of Public Citizen. He was the director of the Health Research Group from 1971 to 2013. Dr. Wolfe is an expert on issues of drug safety, health care policy, Food and Drug Administration, hospital oversight, OSHA, medical devices, Medicare, Medicaid and doctor discipline. He is calling on the FDA to put a moratorium on the approval of any new opioids.
“Last October, an FDA advisory committee considered whether or not to approve an opioid that’s ten times more powerful than fentanyl (Dsuvia). The evidence that it is very useful was close to zero… Does it provide something that no previous opioid provided? The answer is ‘No. No. No.’”
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, senior director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group
Glen Ford has had a long and wide-ranging career as a broadcast journalist. He has served as Capitol Hill, State Department, White House correspondent, and Washington Bureau Chief for the Mutual Black Network and produced and hosted “America’s Black Forum,” the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. Mr. Ford also co-founded BlackCommentator.com, a weekly journal, which quickly became the most influential Black political site on the Net. And now, Mr. Ford hosts and produces the radio magazine, Black Agenda Report.
“These are fake ways to speak about racism, ways to address racism on a cosmetic basis that doesn’t touch the institutional factors. Therefore, it doesn’t touch the entrenched powers that be that profit from racism.”
Glen Ford, of Black Agenda Report, on the uproar over blackface