On january 13th, the u.s. government partially closed for the 22nd day, setting a new record by exceeding the 21-day government's maximum lockout period during clinton's administration in 1996.And, judging from the current situation, President Trump seems to have no intention of giving in to the Democrats, even more so last week, saying that the government could stop for months or even a year until the Democrats agreed to fund his US-Mexico border wall construction plan.
Since the FDA shutdown on December 22 last year, it has only maintained the operation of key functions and is also struggling.
Under normal circumstances, the expenditures of FDA branches to maintain their functions mainly depend on government grants and various user payments.But since President Trump's confrontation with the Democrats led to a partial shutdown of the US government, the FDA's FY 2019 payment bill and budget have not been approved.During the shutdown, the FDA was unable to obtain funding from the government or collect any user fees from pharmaceutical companies.
On January 9, FDA Director Scott Gottlieb updated the FDA's latest financial status at the JP Morgan conference via the web.Gottlieb himself was unable to attend the meeting in person because official travel was restricted during the shutdown.
Information shows that the balance of funds collected by various FDA branches through various payment bills can only allow the key functions of their drug branches to continue operating for one month, allowing medical device institutions to continue operating for two to three months, and allowing generic drug institutions to continue operating for several months.
GottliebOne measure would be to allocate the costs that would otherwise support some drug marketing reviews to post-marketing drug safety monitoring.We expect the most important part of the FDA's efforts to protect consumer safety to continue."
The shutdown of the government will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of federal employees who do not have a salary and continue to work.Drug review agency staff will still be able to collect salaries from the user pool in FY2018, but for some other jobs that require federal funding, they will no longer be able to collect salaries.Contractors in some government affairs usually assume that the employment relationship between the two parties will be interrupted or terminated after the government has stopped.
The last time the U.S. government was caught in a long pause was caused by the 2013 Republican protest against Obama's "Affordable Care" (ACA) bill, which lasted 16 days. The pause also left 800,000 U.S. federal employees on collective leave.
Gottlieb said that the shutdown of the government has also had a great impact on some of the FDA's necessary official trips, such as inspections of food and drug production sites.The FDA's current solution is to focus spending on such official trips on a credit card to avoid FDA employees paying for themselves.However, due to the uncertainty of the shutdown time of the government, similar routine inspections of food safety have been stopped.
Gottlieb pointed out: None of the FDA's work is unimportant, but in the current funding situation, we can only do our utmost to keep those jobs that will directly affect consumer safety from continuing.