I wonder if the FDA 'Apps Branch' will be as open to lobbying and manipulation as the food and drug divisions? There's a new opportunity for someone if you've got unrealized lobbyist dreams and have found all the traditional opportunities too crowded and competitive.
I'm sure there's some reason for concern in all this, but I'm not convinced it is apps. I just can't help but feel the same agency that keeps safe, effective and affordable drugs, used by billions of people (outside the US), out of the hands of the public, on behalf of the pharma industry, doesn't another responsibility. They seem awfully busy already.
They bitch all the time they don't have staff or resources to do more reviews of drugs already approved in other civilized countries and that there aren't enough food safety inspectors. Instead of nosing into another realm, this seems like a good opportunity to step up fulfillment of their original mandate.