FDA Official Tells Senators Agency Can't Keep Up

Law360, New York (April 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not currently able to handle the demands of regulating an increasingly global pharmaceutical supply chain, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told a Senate panel Thursday.

"The FDA has traditionally been configured as an agency to regulate a domestic industry," Woodcock said. "The FDA of the last century is not configured to regulate this century's globalized pharmaceutical manufacturing industry."

At a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions,...
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