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Sunscreen, antiperspirants, toothpaste, penicillin, and shampoo … what do they have in common? Did you guess that they are “drugs” regulated by Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? You’re right! In fact, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) within FDA is responsible for the availability, efficacy, and safety of these and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Information technology plays a vital role in all of CDER’s responsibilities. For example, applications for new drugs are received electronically and stored digitally. Field agents that inspect drug making facilities capture information on mobile devices. Information on the results of laboratory, animal, and human tests are stored digitally. Patient reports on adverse
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The software, hardware, and computing equipment used to manage CDER’s drug related information is not without cost. With our help, CDER develops the business case, the funding profile, and the performance measures that Congress will used to judge the effectiveness of CDER’s IT spending. Before Vergys provided support to FDA, CDER was barely reporting 60% of its IT expenditures – with some systems not being accounted for properly or not accounted for at all. This oversight had the potential to compromise CDER’s overall funding. Currently 100% of every IT budget dollar is accounted for and…show more content…
Vergys helps track and report back to Congress on the spending, schedule, and performance, both before and after system deployment, for each IT investment. Through our efforts, taxpayers are assured that IT projects are delivered on-time, on-budget, and per user requirements.

CDER leadership and Vergys are now considering other strategic opportunities. Are we spending money on the right systems? Are there other acquisition strategies to promote greater competition and better outcomes at a cheaper overall cost? Are we making the best investments to reduce dependencies on legacy systems while also supporting emerging technologies?

Vergys is proud to partner with CDER to support their current IT investments and answer these important strategic investment questions. After all, wise IT investments by FDA help keep safe and effective sunscreen, antiperspirants, toothpaste, penicillin, and shampoo on the
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