The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of clinical trials has become more lax under President Donald Trump, a new report finds.
Fewer warning letters have been sent to scientists conducting trials and fewer investigators have been disqualified compared to the first and final three years of former President Barack Obama's tenure.
An investigation by the magazine Science, which reviewed thousands of FDA documents, found that fewer scientists have faced disciplinary action over the last three years than under Trump's predecessor.
In fact, in most instances, the FDA concluded that no action was needed and that the trials could continue.
An investigation by Science found that during the first three years and final three years of Barack Obama's presidency, the FDA sent out 99 and 36 warning letters, respectively, but just 12 have been sent out during Donald Trump's first three years
A total of 24 scientists were disqualified from continuing research in the US under Obama's eight years while only two have been disqualified during Trump's tenure
For the investigation, Science reviewed nearly 1,600 inspection and enforcement of trials reported to be in violation of rules or the law.
The records cover the entirety of Obama's two terms and the first three years of Trump's term.
Science reports that the FDA has 102 inspectors who respond to whistleblower complaints, visit labs conducting clinical trials, and review records.
Over the 11-year-period, the agency conducted about 6,700 investigations.
Final results can declare no action is needed, voluntary changes are required or 'official action indicated,' known as an OAI.
Warning letters may also be sent out and, in the most serious of circumstances, scientists may be disqualified from continuing research.
During the first three years of Obama's presidency, the FDA sent 99 warning letters to researchers over 'serious transgressions' committed during clinical trials.
Over the last three years of Obama's tenure, the agency issued 36 such letters.
However, during the first three years of Trump's term, the FDA issued just 12 warning letters.
More investigators were also disqualified during the Obama administration.
A total of 24 investigators were disqualified during Obama's presidency, an average of three per year.
Meanwhile, two investigators have been disqualified during Trump's tenure.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon