Not directly related to HepC, but of interest to our US friends, and source of amazement to me. Particularly this section_
Contrary to Popular Belief the FDA Does NOT Independently Evaluate Drugs
Contrary to what Getler and PBS would have you and the public believe — the idea that the FDA does independent objective premarket evaluations — the "FDA does not develop or test products; FDA experts review the results of laboratory, animal, and human clinical testing done by manufacturers" only.3
The lack of independent verification of drug companies' claims is a major problem, as fudging and manipulating research has become commonplace. Investigations have shown that most of the scientific misconduct occurs in the drug literature (compared to general biomedical literature).
As always, take Dr Mercola's writings with a grain of salt, but mostly he's pretty on the ball.
Edit - for clarification, "PBS" in this article refers to America's Public Broadcasting System, not Australia's Prescription Benefits Scheme.
M 61yo HCV+ ~ 30 yrs Gt1a F2 VL 223,000 ALT 54 AST 42 Tx start Sof/Dac 17Dec15.
SVR4 at 7Apr16 ALT 22 AST 22
SVR12 at 9Jun16 ALT 23 AST 25