The lack of congressional action required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 establishes a sequestration of non-discretionary security and non-security program, project and activity funding effective January 2, 2013. If put into action as authorized, the sequester will indiscriminately reduce funding for addressing some of our nation’s most important needs.
Only through a balanced approach can we avoid sequestration, balance the budget and restore the nation’s economic stability. We ask that you work with your colleagues to find a bipartisan, balanced approach (security and non-security cuts and revenues) to deficit reduction.
Budget Control Act of 2011 (PL-112-25)
The proposed sequestration will impact the ability of pharmacy faculty and student pharmacists to serve your constituents. These indiscriminate cuts mean: reduced resources for innovative classrooms and interprofessional education; reduced research capacity for new disease cures and healthcare delivery improvements; elimination of jobs that support graduate and professional students, post docs and lab assistants; and depletion of staff allocations at health centers and other federally-funded clinics where pharmacy faculty, students and residents provide care to your most needy constituents.
Four times a year, AACP features Faculty News in its magazine, Academic Pharmacy Now. These pages are full of examples highlighting the federal research and program investments strengthening schools of pharmacy in your district or state. Last year, pharmacy faculty received $330 million from the National Institutes of Health to support their research. A sequestration cut of 8.2 percent to NIH means a $27 million cut to schools of pharmacy. Every $1 million reduction could mean that 4 post-docs, 8 graduate research assistants, and 8 lab assistants could lose their jobs, and the cost of losing the faculty research could mean additional years of pain and suffering for many patients.
AACP Member Fiscal Year 2011 Funding From Selected Federal Public Health Agencies
For additional information:
William Lang, MPHVP Policy and AdvocacyAmerican Association of Colleges of Pharmacy703-737-2330 email@example.com