The budget cuts set to go into effect among various federal organizations Friday could have a marked impact on your ability to get safe and viable new drugs and medical devices. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration, the agency responsible for the approval and subsequent monitoring of these items, would lose much of its funds. It might become more difficult for patients to obtain medications, and long-awaited generics and medical devices which may save lives could have to wait even longer for approval. The FDA, which has expressed a desire to refrain from giving employees furloughs, would instead make cuts in travel and training, the sorts of things that could have a longterm impact on health.
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