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FDA: good sign of an increased sense of responsibility

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Though in fact it’s probably because the Bush Administration was getting a lot of bad press about it. Still, it’s good news:

The Food and Drug Administration has recently hired more than 1,300 professional staffers in a move that officials hope will help it better protect the public health amid rapid technological and scientific change.

“Every pay period, we have had more than 100 people walking through our doors,” said Kimberly Holden, the senior manager directing the recruitment initiative. “We have had some people who left to go into industry and ended up wanting to come back. The revolving door swings this way every once in a while.”

The staffing drive will result in an estimated 10% increase in the FDA’s work force, and Holden said the new hires will provide critical expertise after years of losing valuable medical and scientific people who took industry jobs. Independent observers said the staffing increase is only a first step, albeit a much needed one.

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Written by Leisureguy

12 September 2008 at 2:26 pm

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