US Washington Capitol

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Talks Budget Priorities with Acting FDA Commissioner

Jun 11, 2021 | Silvio Renna

On Thursday, June 10, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chaired by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), held a hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration.” The hearing featured testimony from Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of FDA.

Before diving into the budget request, Dr. Woodcock spoke briefly about the lessons learned from the pandemic, underscoring the importance of a properly funded FDA as we recover from this public health crisis. While the pandemic was certainly a public health disaster, Dr. Woodcock argued that the blow could have been softened had the FDA not been relying on terminally outdated systems and technology.

Dr. Woodcock went on to explain that the FY2022 budget request represented the FDA’s need to modernize, digitize, and streamline its work. Dr. Woodcock broke the budget request into three main categories: updating critical public health infrastructure, securing medical supply chains and food safety regulation, and fighting public health problems today. In addition to the requested $343 million, the FDA FY22 budget request sought a $100 million increase in user fees on tobacco products to be spent on regulating new and existing nicotine products and preventing youth smoking.

Dr. Woodcock stressed the importance of data modernization and improvements to data systems within the FDA as she discussed her requested increase of $185 million to critical public health infrastructure. Highlighting the limitations of the system and explaining how improved data collection and analysis could significantly speed up wait times for product approvals, identification of threats to public health, and many other important FDA and broader public health operations, like a $38m bump in funding for opioid-related activities.

When questioned by Senators about the ongoing opioid epidemic, Dr. Woodcock stated that addressing the opioid crisis is a top priority at FDA by preventing the entrance of drugs like fentanyl into the country by mail, development, and focusing on the expansion of overdose reversal treatments, staff hiring, and developing better opioid abuse treatments.


About Silvio Renna

More posts by Silvio Renna

Related Posts

53559808328 f4b32fb806 w

2024 Local Public Health on the Hill

On February 28, 2024, local public health leaders from across the country...

Mar 01, 2024 | Victoria Van de Vate

2024 Local Public Health on the Hill

Congress

Rescissions: An Explainer

As part of Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations negotiations, you may have seen news...

Jan 12, 2024 | Victoria Van de Vate

Rescissions: An Explainer

I Stock 637189564
  • Policy

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hearing with...

On Thursday, November 30, 2023, the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and...

Dec 08, 2023 | Dalia Karadsheh

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hearing with...

Cdc flu qa nivw
  • Tools & Resources
  • COVID-19
  • Immunization
  • Influenza

National Influenza Vaccination Week - #FightFlu:...

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a reminder to all Americans six...

Dec 04, 2023 | Victoria Thompson, Clarissa Montes

National Influenza Vaccination Week - #FightFlu:...

Pexels trev adams 12504957

Updates on House FY2024 Labor-Health and Human Services...

Last week, the House released their report for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024...

Nov 17, 2023 | Lauren Mastroberardino, Victoria Van de Vate

Updates on House FY2024 Labor-Health and Human Services...

US Washington Capitol At Night

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances Labor-HHS...

On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee considered the Fiscal Year (FY)...

Jul 28, 2023 | Lauren Mastroberardino

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances Labor-HHS...

Solen feyissa Sg UXQMDXD g unsplash
  • Policy

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and...

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee advanced the draft of their...

Jul 27, 2023 | Lauren Mastroberardino

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and...

Harold mendoza 6xaf Y AE1 LM unsplash
  • Policy

House Energy and Commerce Full Committee Markup on...

On July 19, the House Energy and Commerce full committee met to markup 15...

Jul 27, 2023 | Lluvia Botello

House Energy and Commerce Full Committee Markup on...

Congress
  • Policy

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee PAHPA...

On July 13, the House Energy and commerce Health Subcommittee met to markup 17...

Jul 27, 2023 | Lucas Coyle, Lauren Mastroberardino

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee PAHPA...

Back to Top