The FDA in its current role has generally implemented safeguards for the protection of the public. Conversely, the agency charged with protecting the public is understaffed and underfunded to maintain a fair fight. Pharmaceutical companies have assisted in staffing to provide quicker approval in bringing drugs to market - not to scrutinize them. Often the fox is watching the chickens. More funding and staffing is required to keep the people safe from the overreaching pharmaceutical folks.
The FDA monitors the pharmaceutical distribution within the US. It does not monitor experiments, nor does it monitor marketing or prices. The region that the FDA could improve on is addressing the price hikes associated with pharamceuticals. In some cases, health insuarance providers are paying 3000% of the actual cost it takes to make a pill. The argument is that the extra funding goes towards more research. However, the people running the company get paid pretty well and advertising is not cheap either.
I definitely think that FDA oversight should be expanded over the pharmaceutical industry in the United States of America. I think that the pharmaceutical companies do not have enough regulations and rules. I think that FDA should do a better job of governing them. Such an initiative can help make society safer.
We do not need to expand it because the right wing element would go crazy with over regulation. Plus. I think most people hate over regulation. That being said, they could become more effective at their job. They could stop looking the other way and enforce the laws we have in place. That would be a start.
This question is one that many people have been asking for a very long time because the subject matter is not one that is easily answered. There is a large group of people that believe the answer is simple and a quick resolution can be had. But that is not the case in this situation.