The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, etc.
During one of the many salmonella outbreaks in the last few years, the FDA pointed to tomatoes as being the carrying culprit. People all over the country stopped eating tomatoes, a major ingredient in all types of foods made at home and in restaurants. The slow-down of the industry was a huge hit to farmers, and Florida lost most of its harvest because of the FDA’s cautioning. Turns out tomatoes had nothing to do with the outbreak whatsoever.
In a dramatic letter to the Obama transition team, a group of scientists within the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health plead for wholesale change in the leadership and culture of the agency.
The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clears the Way for Hearing Aid Manufacturers to Label Hearing Aids with Immunity Information
According to Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, some of the problems and failures at the FDA include: User fees. The FDA’s increasing reliance on so-called user fees from drug and medical device companies encourages the agency to treat those companies more like fee-paying customers. Instead of being fully funded by the government, FDA took in $380 million in user fees in the 2006 fiscal year.
As the FDA’s website breezily explains, “The center (CDER) doesn’t actually test drugs itself, although it does conduct limited research in the areas of drug quality, safety, and effectiveness standards.”
Federal regulators, completing a four-month expedited review, yesterday approved a capsule codeveloped by Lexington biotechnology company Curis Inc. as the first treatment for advanced cases of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration issued an order on Wednesday requiring makers of implantable surgical mesh used to treat urinary incontinence in women to study its risks.
Funding for the FDA has not kept pace with inflation, while the agency’s responsibilities have expanded. In order to ensure that Congress makes the required commitment to ensure timely access to safe medical devices and restore public confidence in the agency, the Society has joined forces with more than 180 members to form the Alliance for a Stronger FDA
About 3,000 products a year are found to be unfit for consumers and are withdrawn from the marketplace, either by voluntary recall or by court-ordered seizure. In addition, about 30,000 import shipments a year are detained at the port of entry because the goods appear to be unacceptable.
The Food and Drug Administration touches the lives of virtually every American every day. For it is FDA's job to see that the food we eat is safe and wholesome, the cosmetics we use won't hurt us, the medicines and medical devices we use are safe and effective, and that radiation-emitting products such as microwave ovens won't do us harm.
FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.