September 11, 2012

Worsening Outlook for 2013 FDA Budget

From FDA News: Device Daily:

Worsening Outlook for 2013 FDA Budget: Estimate of Budget Reductions GrowsThe FDA will likely see its budget reduced by $294 million if across-the-board cuts to federal programs go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013, as currently planned; the cuts are needed to comply with a congressional mandate to reduce the federal deficit. The FDA is planning for a budget reduction of roughly 8 percent. Initially, industry observers had thought the FDA reduction would total about $200 million, reflecting reductions to just the $2.5 billion taxpayer-funded portion of the FDA budget. 

Congress' in ability to fill its constitutional role as the source of all spending bill has brought our country to the point of these across the board cuts. The house in particular seems to put partisan gamesmanship and striving to star in simplistic sound bites in front of working as whole body to produce a workable national budget. I don't see how the FDA will be able to do its job assuring safe and effective food, medicine and devices with out the funding to accomplish it.