I’m not a big fan of government health regulators (here in Canada it’s Health Canada), but it’s always good to know as much as you can about those who are recommending what’s healthy and unhealthy for us. In the United States, it’s the FDA. Keep reading to find out what guest blogger, Rachelle Wilber, found out about the FDA.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the key bureaucratic institutions in America that works to protect American citizens by issuing laws and standards that regulate how products are manufactured, whether or not they can be sold, and also promotes the FDA “approval” that warrants the safety of products in the marketplace.
How they Regulate Drugs
One of the most important functions of the FDA is managing the drug market. They provide oversight legislation to the major pharmaceutical companies while these companies are in the process of creating drugs for human and animal use. This process includes verifying and validating that the ingredients that go into making the drugs are safe, creating and requiring the warning labels that go onto drugs that notify consumers of potential side effects, dangers, and directions for use, and they monitor the post-sale market of drugs to make sure that they are being used properly.
In every manner, the FDA attempts to keep pharmaceutical companies from making money at the expense of the loss of health of those they medicate. As a result, individuals who hope to one day work for the FDA, which can be a very lucrative and fulfilling position, should attempt to attain a master of science in health law to get the process started. This will get you on the road towards becoming a scientist on the FDA drug team.
The FDA and the Foods Market
Inside of the foods market, the FDA plays a number of different roles. First, they make sure that those companies that keep and kill livestock for food are treating the animals humanely during the care-taking process. They make sure that the animals, when killed, are killed in a way that is not torturous. Secondly, they make sure that the ingredients that go into the foods we eat are safe for human consumption. This involves a wide range of compliance measures that the FDA puts in place for any company that would like to produce food products, and the ingredients that they state they use have to be tested for and approved by the FDA.
While it is possible that certain foods and medicines, as well as other products, can be sold on the open marketplace without FDA approval, not having said approval will translate directly to fewer sales, as having the FDA stamp of approval is the golden mark for safety in the United States.
There are other functions of the FDA which are not listed in this article, simply because they are too many and varied, but for those who are looking to learn more about the FDA, can visit their website.
About the Author
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelleWilber and Facebook.
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