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The iconic 125-year-old Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, is facing the threat of closure...
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A new, remarkably powerful drug that cripples the hepatitis C virus (HCV) came to market last week, but it sells for $...
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FDA Hones Its Regulatory Science Plans
17 August 2011 3:55 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a fleshed-out version of a road map it put out last fall on how to bolster regulatory science at the agency. While many of the priorities in the current plan are similar to those in the earlier draft—find better ways to guard food safety before outbreaks happen, improve toxicology testing to make new treatments safer—a tight budget environment has prompted a rethinking about how to fund the initiatives. The initial hope was that an extra $25 million could go to regulatory science, but now FDA is planning to use existing funds it can shuffle around through the agency. FDA was only allocated $3.65 billion of the $4 billion it was hoping for the 2011 fiscal year, and 2012 is looking like another lean one.