FDA In Twilight: Gov’t Shutdown Has Not Slowed Rx Operations Too Visibly Yet
Shutdown puts API shipments on a slow boat, but reviews of existing products can proceed with carry-over funds, even as new applications cannot be filed. CDC has largely halted its influenza program and NIH has ceased enrolling new patients in its clinical center.
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User fee funding will allow many functions to continue, but only 58% of staff will be retained until funding deal is reached.
With a little more than a week left for Congress to extend government funding, US FDA and HHS plan for furloughs should no new appropriations be enacted.
As normal operations – and normal budget worries – resume, the agency has some meetings to reschedule.