Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Launches Patient Network Website
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched its
Patient Network Website. The site gives patients and advocates a bigger voice
in medical product regulation, which includes drugs, devices and biologics. The
Educate the community
about FDA regulatory and policy issues, the medical product development
lifecycle, mechanisms in place to provide stakeholder input, Federal Register
notices, and public meetings.
Encourage patients and
advocates to communicate with FDA.
Show how patient
advocates can serve on FDA working groups, become Patient Representatives,
speak at meetings, and more. This is one way the FDA hopes to expand inclusion
of the patient perspective in FDA initiatives, problem-solving,
decision-making, and medical product development, review, and approval.
The website also is home to the Patient Representative Program,
where members of the public can apply to sit on official FDA Advisory
Committees and act as consultants during the drug and device review processes.