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FDA budget

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The House Appropriations committee passes the $18.4 bil. "Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Appropriations" bill for FY 2007 on May 9. For the second year in a row, the legislation contains an amendment forwarded by Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) that would prohibit scientists and doctors with conflicts of interest from serving on FDA advisory panels. In October 2005, Congress approved a reconciled version of the FY 2006 spending bill with a watered-down version of Hinchey's conflict-of-interest provision (1"The Gray Sheet" Oct. 31, 2005, In Brief). The FY 2007 bill, which allots $229 mil. for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will now be taken up by the full House (2"The Gray Sheet" Feb. 13, 2006, p. 6)...

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