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Regulatory Agency: Food and Drug Administration The regulation of all areas of health care in The United States falls to The United States Department of Health and Human. One such area is the regulation on medications dispensed within the United States. The section of The United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for regulation on medications is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Whereas the FDA has many functions, such as regulation of food, cosmetics, tobacco, and animal medicine, one of the well-known functions of the FDA is pharmacy regulation. The FDA has a long history of ensuring public safety in relation …show more content…
Not only does the FDA control the formulation and distribution of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, it also controls marketing of food products. Through the regulations imposed by the FDA, foods and drugs marketed within the United States must pass rigorous safety standards. These safety regulations are in place to ensure the safety of the population (FDA, 2010).
Organizational Structure The FDA is broken into seven offices and centers, and the Commissioner’s office. Each of these offices services a specific function within the organization. According to the FDA’s website (2010) the offices are as follows: * Office of the Commissioner Organization. * Center for Biological Evaluation and Research Organization. * Center for Devices and Radiological Health Organization. * Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Organization. * Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Organization. * Center for Tobacco Products Organization. * Center for Veterinary Medicine Organization. * National Center for Toxicological Research Organization. * Office of Regulatory Affairs Organization.
Each of these offices has its own specific structure and function. All seven of the separate offices report to the Commissioner’s office of the FDA. As evidenced by the broad scope of offices within the FDA, this regulatory agency is responsible for many aspects of the food and drug industries regulation (FDA, 2010).