U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made his case to a House subcommittee on Tuesday for a $5.8 billion budget request.
Rep. Robert Aderholt, subcommittee chairman, said the funding request was “likely to be the boldest and largest funding request in recent memory, and maybe ever.” He added that the FDA must provide clear evidence the funds would be spent well, according to a pharmaphorum report.
Gottlieb said while a plethora of achievements have been recently accomplished, the agency should shift some of its focus back to reducing smoking rates and support better lifestyle choices to ward chronic illness.
The commissioner also said more work could be done to boost agency transparency. One proposal Gottlieb made before the subcommittee was a “knowledge management system” for recording in great detail the decision-making process.
“This sort of knowledge management system is essential to how we’re modernizing medical product review programs and establish scientific precedents established every day,” Gottlieb said.
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