MDUFA IV (And More) Is Law: Trump Signs A Health-Care Bill
President Trump's eleventh-hour signature on the FDA Reauthorization Act puts into play about $1bn in device user-fee collections from industry through FY 2022, new US FDA performance goals and a range of device process enhancements and reforms supported by industry.
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