Obama’s Tough-Minded FDA Faces Funding Test

Law360, New York (November 6, 2012, 12:00 AM EST) -- President Barack Obama will confront deficit pressures in his second term that imperil his vision of a powerful U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to experts who say agency funding will shape the pace of approvals, safety oversight and release of regulatory guidance.

The Democrat has been a steadfast supporter of spending more at the FDA, which saw its budget mushroom from $2.7 billion to roughly $4 billion during Obama’s first term. Earlier this year, the president threatened to veto a spending bill because he felt...
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