DTC User Fees Rejected By House Approps Panel As FDA Safety Funds Get Boost
The House Appropriations Committee opted for using federal money, rather than fees from industry, to finance speedier FDA review of direct-to-consumer television ads when it approved a $1.7 billion fiscal year 2008 funding package for the agency July 19
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