Consequently, the MPFF under the 2009 plan is short two ships after 2020, when the squadron is expected to be ready for deployment, said Eric Labs, senior analyst for the Congressional Budget Office.
"MPFF required capabilities and squadron composition, for a major maritime program, has been one of the most thoroughly documented, analyzed and codified capabilities this nation has programmed for," Strock said.
The Marine Corps is well aware that the MPFF program could be in jeopardy as a result of the Navy's shipbuilding budget troubles, Strock acknowledged.
The inter-service bickering has prompted members of Congress to question the soundness of the MPFF plan.
The metaanalysis included five prospective, randomized, multicenter trials that were conducted in six countries, and also included some unpublished data provided by Servier, which markets MPFF as Daflon.
MPFF reduces capillary hyperpermeability and increases capillary resistance.
Six months after starting treatment, 61.3% of patients in the MPFF groups had healed ulcers, compared with 47.7% of patients in the conventional-treatment groups.
Also, patients in the MPFF group reported significantly greater reduction in symptoms such as leg heaviness and pain at the second, fourth, and sixth months of treatment.