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Health Agencies Update
October 22 2008

FDA Boosts Ranks

JAMA. 2008;300(16):1876. doi:10.1001/jama.300.16.1876-a

As of mid-September, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had hired 1317 new professional staffers since the launching of a major hiring initiative in April.

Reeling from criticism that the FDA's scientific capacity had diminished to the point where it could no longer protect the public health, the agency announced earlier this year that it would bolster its ranks with more than 1300 new employees. The 1317 new staffers will fill 770 newly created positions and 547 posts left vacant when previous staff members left.