On Jan 7, 2009, nine physicians and scientists in the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health wrote a letter to Pres. Barack Obama and bis chief of staff, John Podesta, excoriating the agency for elevating politics favoring drag approvals over science: "Managers have ordered, intimidated, and coerced FDA experts to modify scientific evaluations, conclusions, and recommendations in violation of law . . . and to accept clinical and technical data that is not scientifically valid." [...] the FDA likely will remain hopelessly corrupt as no reform can pass that would eliminate undue drug company influence over its deciaonmaking, although 1 have reoemmended a new statute for drug approval that would enable university departments of biochemistry and pharmacology - whose faculty and staff have no conflicts of interest - to review in secret new drug applications for safety and efficacy.