The United States Food And Drug Administration (FDA)

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Food and Drug Administration, Regulatory Agency The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began operations in 1906 with the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act. In the years since its inception many new Acts have passed Congress. These Acts give the FDA regulatory authority over foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices, electronic devices that emit radiation, veterinary products, and tobacco products. The goal of the FDA is protect the public’s health by enforcing laws and regulations enacted by the FDA found in the United States Code. Regulating products and issuing recalls for defective or harmful products is a small portion of the duties executed by the FDA. Structure of the FDA The Food and Drug Administration is an…show more content…
The need for truthful, accurate scientific information, and clearly stated product information helps consumers and medical providers make “informed decisions about regulated products” (Masoudi & Pruitt, 2011, p. 111). Some persons believe the enforcement acts of the FDA violate the First Amendment by having weak policies. The number of these developments increases as the agency develops more enforcement activities. The FDA began to conform to the First Amendment regulations and guidance documents in 2002. Manufacturers debate on the enforcement acts based on free speech concerning their…show more content…
S. Food and Drugs Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) derived because the FDA did not appropriate “timely reviews of new drug/biologic applications” (Franson, 2011, p. 169). Hiring new reviewers to the FDA gives a more timely and predictable review of applications. This will help expedite innovations and eventually improve the public health. In May 2012 the Senate and House passed “U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reform Act of 2012 H.R. 5651” (Anonymous, 2012, p. 14) to protect the nation’s drug supply. The Act covers generic drug supply chains by inspecting all foreign and domestic drug production. This enactment should help to put generic drugs on the market sooner because manufacturers will pay application fees for faster drug approvals. Manufacturers of food, drugs, and other products regulated by the FDA are subject to recalls if a product harms consumers, or its effectiveness do not meet the claims
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