Gottlieb testifies on status of FDA operations after government shutdown
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Wednesday on the current state of agency activities. Gottlieb expressed confidence that the agency is “back on track,” despite the 35-day lapse in FDA appropriations during the longest partial government shutdown in US history.
Members of the subcommittee on agriculture, rural development, FDA and related agencies questioned Gottlieb on the status of the agency’s operations, particularly regarding efforts to mitigate the impact of the government shutdown. They pointed to FDA’s inspectional work of medical product manufacturing facilities and reserve of industry user fees as areas of concern.
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