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Big Budget Boost for FDA

A report in yesterday's Wall Street Journal announced that the House has "overwhelmingly approved a $373 million budget increase for the Food and Drug Administration, the largest boost in the agency's history." In a vote of 266 to 160, the House approved a $2.99 billion budget for the agency in FY 2010.

Of that, $349 million has been allocated for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, placing it in the middle of the pack. According to the Journal, which notes that the budget has been passed by a Senate committee but has yet to be voted by the chamber, the breakdown is as follows: âEUR¢ $783 million for the Center for Food Safety and Applied nutrition. âEUR¢ $873 million for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. âEUR¢ $349 million for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. âEUR¢ $305 million for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. âEUR¢ $156 million for the Center for Veterinary Medicine. The lion's share of the increase is headed toward the agency's beleaguered food arm, which faced a number of problems with food safety over the past year. The is could be really good news for CDRH, which has often said that underfunding was at the root of many of its problems. Perhaps this boost will enable it to address problems more quickly and effectively.

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