A Bipartisan Case Against US FDA User Fees?
Senators Richard Burr and Bernie Sanders do not typically agree on many issues. But during consideration of the US FDA user fee reauthorization package, both expressed concern that the increasing fees contribute to higher drug prices – and both voted against moving the package forward.
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