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Sequestration Has Less Impact on FDA? Just Not True
â€śThe Hillâ€ť newspaper recently reported that: â€śa survey of federal budgets devoted to developing and enforcing regulations found that many agencies will spend more in 2013 and 2014 than in previous years, indicating that the writing and enforcing of new regulations is largely unimpeded by the massive cuts, known as sequestration.â€ť
That certainly sounds authoritativeâ€¦until you look at the analysis. In fact, the reportâ€™s authors appear to know nothing about the federal budget and have used inherently unreliable data in calculating FY 13 and FY 14 spending levels. One can only hope that the authorsâ€”allegedly academic experts--know more about regulatory policy than they do about federal budgets.
More Columns Coming; The Alliance for a Stronger FDA
FDA Matters appreciates your patience. New columns will be coming in June, with fresh insights into FDA and the FDA-regulated world. Meantime, I write a weekly column in the Friday Update, published by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. If you want to receive the Friday Update when it's published each week, you can sign […]
FDAâ€™s Indifferent Attitude Towards the First Amendment
The FDA doesnâ€™t care about the First Amendment rights of the companies it regulates. It cares even less about the â€śfree speechâ€ť rights of those companiesâ€™ sales and marketing representatives.
And why should the agency care? One of FDAâ€™s primary missions is to protect the public health and safety of the American people from illegal, adulterated and misbranded products. Doing so involves restraining food, drug, device and cosmetics companies from committing fraudulent and deceptive acts that are not protected by companiesâ€™ commercial free speech rights.
Nonetheless, FDA Matters envisions opportunities for FDA and industry to broaden permissible product communications. The key is understanding history, not constitutional law.