FDA Could Issue Layoff Notices Without Prescription Drug User Fee Act

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FDA Commissioner Andrewvon Eschenbach on Friday in a memo said 2,000 agency employees mightreceive layoff notices as early as the end of this week in the eventthat lawmakers do not finalize a bill (HR 2900 and S 1082) to reauthorize the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, which expires on Sept. 30, the Washington Post reports.

Inthe memo, von Eschenbach said that he expected lawmakers to finalizethe legislation but added that he sought to make them aware of thepotential layoffs, which would take effect 60 days after the issue ofthe notices. He wrote, "All parties fully understand the importance ofmeeting the ... deadline (to renew the fees) because no oneunderestimates or fails to appreciate the disruption and demoralizingimpact that even the threat" of layoffs has on workers and theirfamilies (Washington Post, 9/15).

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