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Fda On Fast Track

The Food and Drug Administration cut the time it takes to approve drugs by 40 percent from 1987 to 1992, according to a study released Tuesday.

But a key Republican senator said there’s room for improvement.

“I believe that time can be shortened considerably more … if Congress makes changes now in the way the FDA operates,” said Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan.

The study found that 44 percent of the drugs submitted were turned down as unsafe or ineffective or the makers decided not to pursue them.