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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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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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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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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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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 Reye's Syndrome Foundation

The National Reye's Syndrome Foundation (NRSF), founded in 1974, disseminates information to the public and the medical community and provides funds for basic research on Reye's syndrome. The Foundation supports basic scientific research into the cause and pathogenesis of Reye's syndrome through research grants to individual scientists and through a research laboratory grant, and encourages Federal funding of Reye's syndrome research. NRSF encourages State and territorial epidemiologists to make Reye's syndrome a reportable disease and encourages the maintenance of active surveillance by the Centers for Disease Control. The Foundation assists Federal and State agencies in obtaining data on Reye's syndrome cases and compiles statistics and data on the disease. Support and guidance is offered to families experiencing the syndrome. Emergency room posters have been distributed to encourage physicians to consider Reye's in the presence of certain symptoms. The Foundation also maintains a speakers bureau.

Review Date: October 11, 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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