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FDA Drug Review Deal Set to Unravel as Fiscal Cliff Looms

A $6.4 billion accord for U.S. drug and medical-device reviews is set to unravel just three months after taking effect as lawmakers squabble over budget cutbacks.

Drug and device reviews, which rely heavily on fees paid by companies, may slow or halt in January because the Food and Drug Administration must receive certain funding from Congress before it can spend any of the industry money, said Karen Riley, an FDA spokeswoman. That appropriations level is at risk as lawmakers bicker over whether to follow through on $1.2 trillion of government-wide budget cuts through 2021.