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Capitol Health Call
September 8, 2010

Boosting FDA’s Budget

JAMA. 2010;304(10):1060. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1282

Five key members of the Democratic House and Senate leadership urged Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in an August 4 letter to greatly boost the administration's Food and Drug Administration's (FDA’s) budget request for fiscal year 2012 (http://energycommerce.house.gov/documents/20100805/Sebelius.2010.8.4.pdf).

The administration has proposed about $2.5 billion for the FDA for fiscal year 2011 which begins October 1, a 6.7% increase over the nearly $2.4 billion approved by Congress for the current fiscal year. But leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions said reports from the Government Accountability Office, the Institute of Medicine, and the FDA's own Science Board citing recent problems the agency has had in ensuring the safety of foods, drugs, and medical devices indicate that the agency does not have the resources to be fully effective.

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