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Trump decries ‘slow’ drug approval process, but it has already sped up

President Trump decried the “slow and burdensome” approval process for new drugs at the Food and Drug Administration.

But approvals have sharply accelerated over the last several years. For 2016, the median time was about 10 months for regular approvals and eight months for priority ones, according to the agency. That compared to almost 27 months and 20 months, respectively, in 1993.

Real-time fact-checking and analysis of Trump’s address to Congress
Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Trump is headed to the Capitol tonight to deliver his first speech as president to a joint session of Congress. The speech is expected to outline budget goals and priorities.

The speech is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.; you can watch coverage starting at 8:45 p.m. here.