FDA budget for FY 2011 to rise 23%

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

February 2, 2010 -- The Obama administration is proposing to increase funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by 23% in fiscal 2011 as part of the agency's effort to "transform" the way it regulates food and medical products.

The administration is proposing a total FDA budget of $4.03 billion, compared with the agency's current $3.28 billion budget for fiscal 2010. The 2011 budget request includes an increase of $146 million in budget authority and $601 million industry user fees.

The FDA said that the higher request represents the FDA's intention to address four key initiatives:

  1. Transform food safety practices with a new food safety system (an additional $318.3 million)
  2. Protect patients to ensure the safety of drugs, devices, and vaccines (an extra $100.8 million)
  3. Modernize FDA regulatory science and strengthen the agency's core scientific capacity (an extra $25 million)
  4. Regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products, an authority received in June 2009 (an additional $215 million)

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