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Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) performs an essential public health task by making sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers medicines and other drugs, including fluoride toothpaste, antiperspirants, dandruff shampoos and sunscreens.

Review Date: June 28, 2011

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NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was established in 1836 as the library of the Army Surgeon General's Office. It was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and became known as NLM in 1956. In support of its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical information, NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world. Included are over 8 million books, journals, technical reports, and other print and audiovisual materials, as well as the nation's largest medical history collection. Services of NLM include computer-based literature retrieval services, interlibrary loan services, programs and grant support for medical libraries, toxicology information services and biotechnology information services. Eight major libraries around the country, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) coordinate online reference retrieval and interlibrary loan services for libraries in their region. DATABASES: Free access to MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus (Consumer health information), and other NLM databases are available to those with World Wide Web access at: www.nlm.nih.gov. Fact sheets and pocket guides describing the databases are available. A MEDLARS management service desk at NLM is staffed to answer questions about the online system.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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Office of Orphan Products Development, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) is dedicated to promoting the development of products that demonstrate promise for the diagnosis and/or treatment of rare diseases or conditions. To locate such products, the OOPD interacts with the medical and research communities, professional organizations, academia, and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as rare disease groups. The OOPD administers the major provisions of the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) which provide incentives for sponsors to develop products for rare diseases. More than 228 drugs and biological products for rare diseases have been brought to market since 1983.

Review Date: August 16, 2011

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AARP

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: October 24, 2014

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Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Since 1981, the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) has been dedicated to strengthening society’s defenses against infectious disease by promoting appropriate antimicrobial access and use and controlling antimicrobial resistance. With a network of affiliated chapters in over 65 countries, more than 33 of which are in the developing world, APUA stands as the world’s leading organization conducting focused antimicrobial resistance research, education, and advocacy at the grassroots and global levels. APUA’s goal is to improve antimicrobial policy and clinical practice so as to preserve the power of these lifesaving agents and improve treatment for patients with acute bacterial diseases, tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists was founded in 1969 to represent the interests of its members and promote safe and effective medication therapy for the nation's long-term care residents. ASCP members serve the full spectrum of long-term care settings, including nursing homes, subacute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, facilities for the mentally retarded, correctional institutions, hospices, and home care.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Founded in 1942, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is a national professional association representing pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care agencies, and other components of health care systems. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is a national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.

Review Date: October 26, 2011

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Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. (BDRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides parents and expectant parents with information about birth defects and support services for their children. BDRC has a parent-matching program that links families who have children with similar birth defects. BDRC also sponsors the National Birth Defect Registry, a research project that studies associations between birth defects and exposures to radiation, medication, alcohol, smoking, chemicals, pesticides, lead, mercury, dioxin and other environmental toxins. Each year, BDRC responds to thousands of birth defect information requests from all over the world. BDRC's on-line environmental health updates provide thousands of parents, professionals and organizations with daily news on the latest birth defect research.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

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CenterWatch

The mission of CenterWatch is to be the leading source of clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients. CenterWatch offers several services and resources specifically to patients. The Clinical Trial Listing Service offers patients unbiased information on clinical trials, with a clinical trial database that contains thousands of currently enrolling trials. Information on drugs and new medical therapies are available to review. CenterWatch also provides patients with health and educational resources about clinical trials.

Review Date: April 05, 2012

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Review Date: June 24, 2011

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Institute for Safe Medication Practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), based in suburban Philadelphia, is the nation’s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents over 35 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. To advance patient safety worldwide by empowering the healthcare community, including consumers, to prevent medication errors. The organization's mission is to advance patient safety worldwide by empowering the healthcare community, including consumers, to prevent medication errors. They accomplish this through their interdisciplinary efforts to: •Collect and analyze reports of medication-related hazardous conditions, near-misses, errors, and other adverse drug events. •Disseminate timely medication safety information, risk-reduction tools, and error-prevention strategies. •Educate the healthcare community and consumers about safe medication practices. •Collaborate with other patient safety organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other healthcare stakeholders. •Advocate the adoption of safe medication standards by accrediting bodies, manufacturers, policy makers, regulatory agencies, and standards-setting organizations. •Conduct research to provide evidence-based safe medication practices.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Founded in 1904, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the impartial professional organization that supports the state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health. NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety through its pharmacist license transfer and pharmacist competence assessment programs, as well as through its VIPPS, Vet-VIPPS, VAWD, and DMEPOS accreditation programs. NABP’s member boards of pharmacy are grouped into eight districts that include all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Australia, eight Canadian provinces, and New Zealand.

Review Date: May 01, 2012

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National Council on Patient Information and Education

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) founded in 1982, is a nonprofit coalition of government, consumer, business, patient advocacy and public health organizations whose mission it is to stimulate and improve communication of information on the appropriate use of medicines between healthcare professionals and consumers. NCPIE believes medication misuse is the nation's "other" drug problem. The Council was established to serve as a forum for exchanging ideas, to encourage member organizations to develop and launch medicine communication campaigns, and to develop other methods of educating and informing consumers on the safe and appropriate use of medicines. NCPIE sponsors the online, annual "Talk About Prescriptions" (TAP) Month each October.

Review Date: May 01, 2012

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Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA's mission is winning advocacy for public policies that encourage the discovery of life-saving and life enhancing new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical/biotechnology research companies. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) – a nationwide effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies – helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

Review Date: September 27, 2010

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Rx Assist

RxAssist.org is a comprehensive resource center for patients, providers and patient advocates to find free and low cost medications to help manage chronic diseases. RxAssist is committed to helping all patients find access to the medications they need. With RxAssist, you can research patient assistance programs and download applications, print drug coupons, and find state-run and charitable programs that improve access to care. In the learning center, you can keep current on health care reform issues, connect with other care providers about medication access, and browse the library of fact sheets, how to guides and other publications.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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