House Mulls Controversial FDA Mission Change

Law360, New York (April 18, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Despite warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical industry not to add controversial measures to critical user fee legislation, the House is still considering major changes to the FDA's mission statement, which FDA officials said Wednesday would undermine its public safety work.

The proposed language would add “promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation” to the agency's mission. The mission change is championed largely by Republican lawmakers, who accuse the FDA of driving innovative drug and device makers overseas with excessive...
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