Huckman's excuses are hilarious, especially where he is apoplectic that the FDA won't yank people out of meetings to fix his mess!
We repeatedly emailed and voicemailed them; called the main news media line at the FDA, sometimes got a live person, sometimes voicemail, were told the people we needed to talk to were in a meeting, and on and on. Argh!
I told the person on the other end of the line to get the person out of the meeting. This was urgent. I'm on deadline. No luck. Eventually, I got a call back from one point-person and my producer got patched through to another. Both of them confirmed the FDA will not convene another Provenege panel. I hung up, ran downstairs and jumped on the air.
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