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Media Release: February 26, 2009

ALLIANCE FOR A STRONGER FDA SAYS PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REPRESENTS NEW ERA FOR FDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2009 — The Alliance for a Stronger FDA applauded the general direction for FDA funding presented in President Obama’s FY 2010 budget request. While there are insufficient details for the Alliance to comment upon specifics, the Alliance said it expects the proposed budget to be a good point of departure for budget negotiations between the Administration and Congress.

“We believe that the President’s budget in effect acknowledges how underfunded FDA has been in recent years, and of how far the agency needs to go to restore both its capability and its credibility,” said Wayne Pines, President of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and President of Regulatory Services and Healthcare at APCO Worldwide. “The President’s request represents a new era in the way that Washington thinks about the FDA.”

“For many years, Congress has started with a low request from the President, forcing it to find additional money for FDA from other programs,” said Nancy Bradish Myers, a Board member of the Alliance and President of Catalyst Healthcare Consulting, Inc. “We await details, but all eyes are on legislators and the Administration to ensure the acute needs of this critical agency are met and it receives the funds necessary for it to continue hiring experts, strengthen the agency’s performance and invest in needed laboratories and information technology.”

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA is a coalition of 180 members, including consumer, patient, professional and research groups, industry, trade associations, and individuals who support increased appropriated funding for FDA.  The Alliance, now in its third year, is the only multi-stakeholder group that advocates for increasing resources at FDA to match the agency’s responsibilities. More information about the Alliance can be found at http://www.StrengthenFDA.org.

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