User Fees Won't Save FDA Approvals From Shutdown's Snare
By Greg Ryan
Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT) -- Given its reliance on industry fees, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be less hampered by the government shutdown than other federal agencies, but attorneys say that funding and manpower shortages could still hurt companies with drugs or other products in the approval pipeline, especially those toward the beginning of the process.
Large portions of the federal government closed after midnight on Tuesday after Congress failed to reach a bipartisan agreement to fund their operation. Compared to other agencies, the shutdown's effect on the FDA...