Alliance Urges President-Elect Obama to Increase Funding for FDA
Broad Stakeholder Coalition Also Requests Speedy Appointment of New FDA Commissioner

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2008

Contacts:
Bill Hubbard 919-475-0480
Steven Grossman 301-257-9660

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 25, 2008 -- The Alliance for a Stronger FDA today urged President-Elect Obama to fulfill his campaign commitment of fully-funding the FDA. The group also encouraged a speedy nomination of the next FDA Commissioner. The requests were contained in a letter transmitted to the incoming President’s transition team.

“The incoming Administration’s commitment to public health is welcomed and we expect to see this reflected in increased funding for the vital mission of the Food and Drug Administration,” said Wayne Pines, President of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. “In addition, our Alliance believes the rapid nomination of the next FDA Commissioner is critical to moving the agency forward to meeting its public health and consumer protection responsibilities.”

The Alliance request for appropriated monies for FDA for Fiscal Year 2010 is $2.25 billion, an increase of $386 million. This represents more than a 20% increase over the FY 09 baseline and reflects a 30% to 40% increase over the FY 08 baseline (see table on page 2). These amounts are needed to respond to the agency’s growing global commitments, need for expanded inspection staff, development of better safety databases and strengthening product review and safety monitoring.

“FDA is a small agency with very large responsibilities,” said Diane Dorman, Vice President for Public Policy at the National Organization for Rare Disorders and an Alliance Board member. “We look forward to working with the new Administration to ensure that President-Elect Obama’s commitment to strengthening the FDA is fulfilled.”

Increased FDA funding was an explicit commitment of then-Presidential candidate Obama during the 2008 election (source: YourCandidatesYourHealth.org):

Senator Obama: The Food and Drug Administration is a critical protector of our food supply, and assures our medicines are safe and effective. It regulates a full quarter of the American economy. Yet the FDA is badly underfunded for its responsibilities. As our economy brings a rising tide of imported products, the FDA urgently needs expert staff and technology to more rigorously inspect imported food, drugs, and other products like pet food....

Recommendations of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA for Funding of FDA in FY 2010
(November 25, 2008)
Function Note: budget authority only, by center FY 08 Actual (December 2007) FY 2009 CR (Center allocations unknown) FY 10 Proposed by Alliance
       
Food $ 510 million   $ 725 million
Human Drugs $ 353 million   $ 460 million
Biologics $ 155 million   $ 205 million
Animal Drugs/Feed $ 97 million   $ 130 million
Devices & Radiological Health $ 238 million   $ 310 million
Natl. Ctr. For Toxicological Research $ 44 million   $ 58 million
HQ, Office of Commissioner and Other $ 97 million   $ 142 million
Rent & Facilities Cost $ 220 million   $ 220 million
       
SUBTOTAL, Salaries and Expenses $1.714 billion $1.864 billion $2.250 billion