Wednesday, May 30, 2007

In Politics, Type II Error is Better Than Type I Error

"In all our FDA history, we are unable to find a single instance where a Congressional committee investigated the failure of FDA to approve a new drug. But the times when hearings have been held to criticize our approval of a new drug have been so frequent that we have not been able to count them. The message to FDA staff could not be clearer."

~Former FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt, in Walter Williams' column
FDA: Friend or Foe?

Read about Type I and Type II Error in Wikipedia.

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