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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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Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of drugs and feed additives intended for animals. These include animals from which human foods are derived, as well as drugs and feed additives for pet (or companion) animals. CVM is responsible for regulating drugs, devices, and feed additives given to, or used on, over one hundred million companion animals, plus millions of poultry, cattle, swine, sheep, and minor animal species.

Review Date: July 05, 2011

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FDA Office of Women’s Health

The Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (OWH) was established by Congressional mandate in 1994. The mission of the office is to protect and advance the health of women through policy, science, and outreach and to advocate for the participation of women in clinical trials and for sex, gender, and subpopulation analyses. OWH achieves its mission by supporting scientific research and collaborating with other government agencies and national organizations to sponsor scientific and consumer outreach efforts.

Review Date: August 25, 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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Office of Health and Constituent Affairs

The Office of Health and Constituent Affairs provides internal coordination on FDA activities related to patient advocacy, health professional organizations, consumer groups, state organizations and industry groups on high-priority topics such as serious and life-threatening diseases, imminent public health needs and other special health issues.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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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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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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Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), founded in 1881, is the trade association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. As such, the association acts as a liaison between the industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Congress to ensure consumers have convenient access to safe and effective medicines and supplements. CHPA members companies are deeply committed to educating consumers about the appropriate and safe use of their products by supporting the CHPA Educational Foundation, the industry’s nonprofitl foundation building a better understanding of responsible medicine use among consumers of all ages. CHEC’s The foundation’s web address is OTCsafety.org.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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DES Action USA

DES Action is a national nonprofit organization formed to provide the public with information on the consequences of the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES) for women who have taken it and for children born to these women. They offer information and resources for DES-exposed mothers, daughters, sons, and grandchildren who may need special health care. In addition to publishing educational materials relating to DES, the organization provides a list of gynecologists who are familiar with the potential medical complications resulting from DES use.

Review Date: May 31, 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 Consumers League

The National Consumers League (NCL) is America’s oldest consumer organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since our founding in 1899. NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information. NCL is home to the LifeSmarts program, Child Labor Coalition, NCL’s Fraud Center, and SOS Rx Coalition. NCL is a private 501(c)(3) membership organization.

Review Date: June 26, 2008

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National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors in the delivery of health care. The Foundation is comprised of health care practitioners, institutional providers, health product providers, health product manufacturers, researchers, legal advisors, patient/consumer advocates, regulators, and policy makers who are committed to making health care safer for patients.

Review Date: October 14, 2009

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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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U.S. Pharmacopeia

USP promotes the public health and benefits practitioners and patients by disseminating authoritative standards and information developed by its volunteers for medicines, other healthcare technologies, and related practices used to maintain and improve health and promote optimal healthcare delivery.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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