As unexplained vaping illness cases exceed 1,000 nationally, the Food and Drug Administration’s boss says enough is enough.
Dr. Ned Sharpless, the acting head of the FDA, testified that his agency should have sprung into action more quickly in addressing the health crisis.
“In retrospect, the FDA should have acted sooner,” said Sharpless on Wednesday in front of a congressional subcommittee, referencing the spike in youth vaping.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official vaping case count is a much lower 530, reported NBC News.
At least 10 people are dead, including two apiece in Kansas and California, from vaping ailments.
But the cause has been tricky to pin down as no single ingredient has been fingered as the culprit.