Saturday, December 29, 2012

FDA Budget Cuts Could Mean Fewer Drug Inspections, Stakeholders Say

December 29, 2012

Stakeholders are questioning how FDA, in the face of possible sequestration and the fiscal cliff, will be able to meet inspection requirements under both the FDA Safety and Innovation Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act, and a former FDA official said the food law's mandate for a specific number of prevention-based inspections every two years could lead to fewer drug inspections, which Congress requires FDA do only when there is a perceived risk.

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