The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $275 million in emergency supplemental funding for the Food and Drug Administrations 2008 budget.
The money would go toward modernizing the FDAs import inspection program, as well as updating its information technology systems and beefing up its science staff, according to a budget submitted by FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach to an Appropriations subcommittee. Under the plan, $100 million would be used to improve safety inspections of drugs, medical devices and biologics, while $50 million would go to modernizing the agencys workforce and science. The balance would go to food protection.
Stephen Ubl, president and chief executive officer of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, said the appropriations should provide a substantial boost to the FDAs work to ensure the safety of imported medical devices, many of which are made by the organizations membership companies. With these additional funds, FDA will be able to hire additional scientists and inspectors, he said.
The appropriations bill will head to the full Senate for consideration.