Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

Strengthening the FDA

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Science  20 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5602, pp. 2332
DOI: 10.1126/science.1080416

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The scope of responsibilities for the FDA is vast, complex, and growing, and the agency is hampered by insufficient resources, inconsistent leadership, unclear mandates, and ambiguous and overly ambitious priorities. In his Policy Forum, Friedman presents four pragmatic steps for change. By rationalizing the budget appropriation and authorization process, simplifying the selection process for the commissioner, formally reviewing its priorities, and obtaining a larger budget (one suited to its mission), the American public will be better served.