FDA seeks $6.5B budget for 2022: 5 supply chain takeaways

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The FDA is requesting $6.5 billion in funding for fiscal year 2022 under President Joe Biden's $6.5 trillion proposed budget released May 28. The request marks a nearly 8 percent increase from the $477 million budget the agency has this year.

The FDA said the increased budget would cover "investments in critical public health infrastructure, core food safety and medical product safety programs and other vital public health programs. The request includes $3.6 billion in budget authority and $2.9 million in user fees.

Five things supply chain leaders should know:

1. The agency is requesting $97 million for the agency's core safety programs involving medical products and food.

2. Within this investment, the agency has budgeted $23.9 million on activities related to supply chain and shortages.

3. The FDA has also allocated $5.6 million to improve drug safety surveillance and oversight. 

4. The agency submitted several legislative proposals with the budget request, one of which calls for expanded authority to cope with device shortages, create a more resilient domestic supply chain and reduce dependence on foreigh production.

5. The FDA is also seeking expanded authority to require drugmakers to evaluate, submit studies and label their products with the longest possible expiration date that is scientifically justified in certain situations to prevent or ease shortages.

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