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Profile Last Updated: 07/11/2019

Governmental Organization

United States Food and Drug Administration

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Purpose and Activities

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; 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; and regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

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In June 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Food and Drug Act, also known as the "Wiley Act" after its chief advocate.[48] The Act prohibited, under penalty of seizure of goods, the interstate transport of food that had been "adulterated". President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the new Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) into law on June 24, 1938. The new law significantly increased federal regulatory authority over drugs by mandating a pre-market review of the safety of all new drugs, as well as banning false therapeutic claims in drug labeling without requiring that the FDA prove fraudulent intent.

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United States Food and Drug Administration

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Location

8455 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD United States 20993

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