A Burning FDA Hiring Freeze Question: What About User-Fee-Supported Staff?
Industry worries about user fee programs as US FDA could wait weeks before finding out how President Trump's hiring freeze affects it.
You may also be interested in...
US FDA's Gottlieb Wants Safety Built Into New Medtech Products, But Budget Will Be Cut To Surveil Older Ones
President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the agency's post-market surveillance programs means that more "faulty" devices, such as St. Jude defibrillators and Bayer HealthCare's Essure birth control coils, will cause harm rather than be recalled, Rep. Rosa DeLauro said at a May 25 House Ag/FDA subpanel hearing. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told DeLauro the agency needs to supply "the right tools" to firms during device development so similarly flawed devices aren't put on the market, and he noted that the lifting of a hiring freeze at the agency earlier in the day would free the agency to work harder on such issues.
There has been a dearth of guidances from US FDA since Donald Trump's inauguration, but the acting FDA commissioner says that simply reflects the new administration catching up on what's in the pipeline. In a speech at FDLI's annual meeting, Stephen Ostroff struck a positive tone.
Members of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee probed FDA device-center chief Jeff Shuren about the agency's nascent efforts to improve facility inspections during a recent hearing on user-fee reauthorization. Lawmakers say they are hearing complaints from constituents about a lack of consistency and transparency in FDA inspection practices. Bills have now been introduced in both the House and Senate to address the issue, while FDA embarks on its "program alignment" upgrade to its inspections program.