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House Passes Bill to Forestall FDA Layoffs

The House yesterday passed a House-Senate compromise version of a sweeping FDA reform bill that includes the new version of the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act, reports the New York Times.

September 20, 2007

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House Passes Bill to Forestall FDA Layoffs

Transforming FDA LogoThe House yesterday passed a House-Senate compromise version of a sweeping FDA reform bill that includes the new version of the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act, reports the New York Times. The Senate is expected to pass the bill today, and President Bush is expected to sign it quickly, to forestall dismissal notices from going out to about 2000 agency employees on Friday. Without the user fees in place by Oct. 1, the agency would not have the funds to keep much of the staff it has hired as a result of the fees.In addition to the MDUFMA-related provisions, the bill contains changes in the approval process for pediatric devices, and limits the number of conflict-of-interest waivers the agency can grant for members of its advisory committees.UPDATE: As expected, the Senate passed the bill on Thursday.

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