Thursday, January 6, 2011

What to Look for From FDA in 2011

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of those federal agencies that everyone loves to hate. Sometimes I think the FDA is more vilified than the Internal Revenue Service! Nevertheless, FDA’s mission is to provide the American public with safe and efficacious foods, medicines and cosmetics. And, despite some highly publicized missteps like Vioxx and Avandia in recent years, the agency has done a great job since it was created in 1930.
Mark Senak, who writes the always interesting and incisive EyeonFDA blog, published a piece outlining what consumer may expect from FDA this year. The highlights on his list include:
  • Draft guidance regarding the Internet and the use of social media
  • Increased enforcement of social media in the life sciences industry
  • Renewed interest on divining a legal, regulatory approval pathway for biosimilars
While none of these items is new, one can only hope that the agency can finally deliver on implementing these policies.
Until next time...
Good Luck and Good Job Hunting!!!!!

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