Researchers Don’t Have Free Speech Rights

Can the federal government prevent a doctor from talking about her research on a new drug? Apparently, yes:

The F.D.A. recently sent a warning letter to Dr. Leslie Baumann, a well-known dermatologist and clinical researcher in Miami Beach, citing the doctor for expressing premature enthusiasm in the media about Dysport, an injectable antiwrinkle drug the agency had not yet approved.

Dr. Baumann’s comments in the media in 2007 violated restrictions on drug promotion, according to the letter; the agency asked Dr. Baumann to explain how she intended to prevent similar violations in the future.

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  1. Ken says:

    Yes the have free speech right. Yes the FDA is wrong. What else do you want to know?

  2. Tom H. says:

    This is outrageous.