Tuesday, September 26, 2006

More money for FDA!

Diedtra Henderson writes for the Boston Globe about a new coalition that has formed to lobby for a bigger appropriation for the FDA. Yea, verily. As federal agencies go, the FDA is one of the most important for the health and safety of the American people, yet it is chronically underfunded. A little e coli in the vegetable supply goes a long way toward reminding folks that the "F" in FDA stands for food, and this is the agency that sets standards and conducts inspections. There's also the "D" in FDA, which makes one wonder about this:
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the pharmaceutical industry's trade association, said in a statement that a decision whether to join the Coalition for a Stronger FDA is ``still under consideration." It also has not decided whether to endorse redirecting user fees to help improve drug safety.

Yo, PhRMA! It's a no brainer.

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