Dr. Sidney Wolfe has been appointed to a four-year term on the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee. The FDA's job is to tell us which drugs are safe. Dr. Wolfe has been the head of the health advocacy organization Public Citizen for three decades and they were responsible for getting many drugs off the market. Without any more information than that you would say that his appointment is a good thing. I am not so sure. I like to think that I am cut from a similar disruptive cloth as Sidney but he has a history of being really extreme in his decisions. It seems to me that he rips on almost every drug there is and tries to get it off the market. The WSJ articles points out the the risk of putting Dr. Wolfe at the FDA could make approvals for new drugs involve more bureaucracy, raise the costs of drug trials and keep life-saving drugs from reaching dying patients. I can't wait to see the ruckus he causes in the future. I promise we will all hear his name in the a lot more often now. This was recently told to me after delaying my requests to get on some high power committees at my own hospital: "We would rather have you on the train then trying to blow up the train". I can easily see Dr. Sidney Wolfe be on the train AND still try to blow it up. This is going to be fun.