Likely FDA impact of the government shutdown: Regulatory submission reviews, inspections, and research projects

The U.S. government shutdown that began 22 December 2018 affected only about a quarter of federal agencies because most had already been funded for fiscal year 2019.

Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the agencies with at least some functions shut down, as was announced yesterday. Among other things, FDA has furloughed 42 percent of its employees, according to a tweet from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. Nonetheless, Dr. Gottlieb said the agency would be "continuing vital activities, to the extent permitted by the law, that are critical to ensuring public health and safety in the United States."

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