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Drug Allergies

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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National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The mission of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is the prevention of disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases. NCIRD balances its efforts in the domestic and global arenas as well as accommodates the specific needs of all populations at risk of vaccine preventable diseases from children to older adults.

Review Date: August 10, 2011

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA regulates the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

Review Date: August 08, 2011

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Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation

The Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation (The Julie Foundation) is a nonprofit organization established in 1995, dedicated to bringing public awareness and research to adverse drug reactions that cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis) through the use of prescription and over the counter medications. The SJS Foundation was founded to be a resource to SJS victims and their families. The organization's mission is to provide support services, and compile and distribute valuable information about SJS to the public and medical professionals regarding treatments and therapies that prove beneficial to SJS sufferers. They work to promote public awareness about the signs of SJS so that a quick diagnosis can be made and the offending drug stopped as soon as possible.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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