July 31, 2012
By Warren Silberman
Pilots are often asking why a given drug their regular doctor has prescribed does not appear on our list of “approved” medications. Well, here is the truth of the matter: The FAA does not give its approval of an FDA-approved medication until the drug has been available for one year.
This is not an arbitrary and deliberately obstructive move on their part; the FAA wants to see how the medication reacts on the body when a large population is exposed, over and above what was established in the clinical trials mandated by that other federal giant, the Food and Drug Administration. Specifically, are there any side effects that could be germane to aviators?
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A metal detector enthusiast recently unearthed fragments of a legendary World War II aircraft, and the U.S. Navy deployed a team to investigate in February.
Eliminating unnecessary cost burdens for flight training providers and assuring obstruction-free land development around airports were among legislative priorities that AOPA raised with Iowa lawmakers.
The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.
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