FDA Budget Increase Not Enough, Advocates Say

The Food and Drug Administration will get a 1% funding increase from President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2015 budget, a level some say is not enough to cover the agency's new responsibilities and the increasingly global nature of the products it regulates.

The Food and Drug Administration will get a 1% funding increase from President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2015 budget, a level some say is not enough to cover the agency's new responsibilities and the increasingly global nature of the products it regulates. The budget requests roughly $2.6 billion for the FDA in fiscal 2015, which begins in October. Included is $25 million more to oversee controversial high-risk compounding pharmacies.

“Given that the FDA regulates about 25 cents of every dollar of the gross domestic product, it does not have enough money to fulfill its public health mission,” said Kasey Thompson, vice president of policy, planning and communications for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is also president and chairman of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.

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Source: Modern Healthcare