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The FDA's Role

By Mira Lowe, Staff Writer

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The FDA has plans for the future to ensure the safety of the population. These plans include improvement of the diagnostic tests for the nationís blood supply, enhancement of the quality and accuracy of clinical trial designs so that firms can bring new drugs to patients faster and more cost-effectively, and new methods to detect food contaminants to counter the emergence of previously unknown foodborne pathogens like mad cow disease.

So now, when you as caregiver or senior citizen read about or hear about a new drug that has not yet been approved by the FDA, you know that this means that the time it takes to hit the market, if approved, can be anytime from six months to a year; perhaps not as long as you expected.


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