… is from page 311 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams ’s 2015 book, American Contempt for Liberty , which is a collection of many of Walter’s columns and essays; this quotation specifically is from Walter’s October 16th, 2010, syndicated column, “Invisible Victims ”:
FDA officials have a bias toward erring on the side of over-caution. If FDA officials err on the side of under-caution, approving an unsafe drug, they are attacked by the media, patient groups and investigated by Congress. Their victims, sick and dead people, are highly visible. If FDA officials err on the side of over caution, keeping a safe and effective drug off the market, who’s to know? The victims are invisible.