Congress: House bill seeks to shield user fees from sequester with FDA S.O.S bill

July 18, 2013 by Brian Johnson

The bipartisan 'Food & Drug Administration Safety Over Sequestration Act of 2013,' introduced by Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), seeks to shield user fees from sequestration.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have floated a proposal to protect user fees paid by medical device and drug companies to the FDA from federal budget cuts forced by sequestration.

In March, the federal watchdog agency lost $210 million, or about 5.1% of its $4.1 billion 2013 budget, as a result of sequestration, a bargain between the White House and Congress. Included in those cuts were the user fees medical device and pharmaceutical companies pay in order to ensure timely reviews of new devices and drugs.

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The bill, dubbed the "FDA Safety over Sequestration (SOS) Act," was introduced by Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).

AdvaMed, the chief lobbying group for the medical device industry, praised the bill, saying it would "restore the agreement negotiated by industry, the agency, and the Congress and ensure that FDA will be able to use all the funds paid by industry for the improvement of the review process."

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