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United States Food and Drug Administration – Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

The United States Health and Human Services Department Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides information on current and developing medicines, alerts and updates regarding consumer safety, and educational tools for the safe, effective use of over-the-counter and prescription medicines.


Innovation.org, a project of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, is a place to discuss and learn about pharmaceutical innovation. We seek to provide space for an exchange of ideas about pharmaceutical innovation, raise awareness of the critical issues facing pharmaceutical innovation, and communicate essential information about the nature of pharmaceutical discovery, the challenges it faces, the value it provides, and the future promise it holds.

National Institutes for Health (NIH) Roadmap for Medical Research

The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translation of that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments. The strategic initiatives to be funded under the NIH Roadmap will address critical roadblocks and knowledge gaps that currently constrain rapid progress in biomedical research. Three broad initiatives will be stimulated with these funds: 1) New Pathways to Discovery, which includes a comprehensive understanding of building blocks of the body's cells and tissues and how complex biological systems operate; structural biology; molecular libraries and imaging; nanotechnology; bioinformatics and computational biology; 2) Research Teams of the Future, including interdisciplinary research, high-risk research, and public-private partnerships; and 3) Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise. Through these efforts, NIH will boost the resources and technologies needed for 21st century biomedical science.

Media Coverage

New Alzheimer’s research shows promise
June 11, 2007
Researchers are making progress toward finding novel therapies to combat Alzheimer's, including a hay fever drug from Russia that is said to improve memory in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. Full article.

US FDA panel will advise on communicating risks
June 4, 2007
A new panel of outside experts will advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on how to tell the public about the risks and benefits of medicines and medical devices, the agency said on Monday. Full article.

Sending biotech research to China: A San Diego firm is setting up a lab in Asia to save on costs
Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2007
Ascenta is betting that its China subsidiary, which employs 20 scientists working for a fraction of what they would be paid in the United States, will drastically reduce the price tag -and time- of bringing its promising cancer-fighting medicines to market.

Heart attack deaths plummet in just 6 years: Study shows improved treatments, anti-cholesterol drugs are working
Associated Press
May 2, 2007
In just six years, death rates and heart failure in hospitalized heart attack patients have fallen sharply, most likely because of better treatment, the largest international study of its kind suggests. The promising trend parallels the growing use of cholesterol-lowering drugs, powerful blood thinners, and angioplasty, the procedure that opens clogged arteries, the researchers said. Full article.


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