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FDA Consumer Magazine

Volume 40, Number 1 | January-February 2006

FDA Consumer Centennial issue
Cover Story: FDA At Work: Cutting-Edge Science Promoting Public Health


A Century of Ensuring Safe Foods and Cosmetics
The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is a world leader in applying science-driven policies to ensure the safety and quality of U.S. foods and cosmetics.

Promoting Safe and Effective Drugs for 100 Years
A look at the evolution of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, which ensures the safety of roughly 11,000 drugs on the U.S. market.

FDA Law Enforcement: Critical to Product Safety
The vigilance of the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs and its tracking and prosecution of scam artists and other lawbreakers help to keep FDA-regulated products safe, effective, and available to Americans.

Harvey W. Wiley: Pioneer Consumer Activist
Harvey W. Wiley, M.D., called the "Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act," was the original consumer advocate.

FDA Milestones
Regulation of food in the United States dates from early colonial times. Here's a chronology describing some of the milestones in the history of food and drug regulation in the United States.


Cover Story
The FDA At Work: Cutting-Edge Science Promoting Public Health

Conceived a century ago, the Food and Drug Administration is a government body with a presence far beyond its size. It is not just an organization, but an idea.

Animal Health and Consumer Protection
FDA scientists weigh the benefits and risks of veterinary products, test for traces of drugs in food animals, and keep pace with scientific advances in animal drugs.

The Road to the Biotech Revolution: Highlights of 100 Years of Biologics Regulation
FDA scientists have made key contributions to vaccine, blood, and tissue safety during the past 100 years.

Medical Device and Radiological Health Regulations Come of Age
Much has been accomplished during the 30 years since the start of the FDA's medical device program, and much remains to be done, according to the director of the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

FDA Research: The Foundation for Sound Regulatory Decisions
Studies done by the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research provide the basis for regulatory decisions and reduce risks associated with FDA-regulated products.

The FDA Goes Global
In recent years, the FDA's international programs have grown in breadth and depth, and its experts are called on to direct, manage, and coordinate work worldwide.

The FDA's Centers
The Food and Drug Administration's six Centers are involved in the oversight and regulation of more than 1 trillion dollars' worth of products annually. That amount accounts for 22 cents of every dollar spent each year by American consumers.


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The Last Word
Commentary: The Future of Protecting and Promoting Public Health


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