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FDA warns of layoffs if fees not renewed

September 15, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

The head of the Food and Drug Administration alerted the agency's employees that 2,000 of them could get layoff notices as early as next week if Congress does not renew user fees for drugs and medical devices.

FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach sent an agencywide memo to staff at the end of the workday. The layoffs would take effect 60 days after issuance of such a notice. The commissioner said FDA and congressional staffers were working around the clock, including weekends, to finalize legislation.

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