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FDA Asks For $510M To Tighten Food, Drug Safety

Law360 (May 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A spate of drug patent expirations will require a mammoth effort to keep generics safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a historic budget request that also calls for increased spending on food safety and more cash for medical product inspections.

The FDA has asked for a $510 million boost — a 19 percent increase — that would drive total spending up to $3.2 billion for fiscal year 2010.

Two new programs intended to ensure food and health care safety dominate the spending request,...
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