Republicans on the Senate health committee wrote a letter asking FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to justify the agency's e-mail alerts urging the public to enroll in the Affordable Care Act's new insurance exchanges. The e-mails are beyond the jurisdiction of the FDA, the lawmakers said. "While our nation suffers from numerous drug shortages and patients are waiting for drugs and medical device approvals, the FDA should not be using resources designated for these purposes to fund an effort unrelated to your agency’s mission," the lawmakers wrote.

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