WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers quietly slipped a provision into the 1996 budget bill that President Clinton signed Friday limiting FDA's authority to regulate exports of unapproved drugs, biologicals and medical devices.

House and Senate conferees agreed to insert language from a bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that overturns FDA's long-standing practice of requiring its consent for exports of products that have not been approved for marketing in the U.S.