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Reagan-Udall pushback

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., wants FDA to halt efforts to establish the Reagan-Udall Foundation, a non-profit created by the recently enacted FDA Amendments Act. "The potential for pressure on FDA staff from Reagan-Udall Foundation-endorsed research is enormous," the chair of the House subcommittee overseeing FDA's budget writes in a Nov. 1 letter to Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach. The foundation, to be funded from donations, patent revenue and FDA's budget, is tasked to work with FDA on its Critical Path initiative and other efforts to speed product development (1"The Gray Sheet" Oct. 8, 2007, p. 9). By law, four members of the yet-unnamed 14-person foundation board have to be from the device, drug, biotech, cosmetic and food industries

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