United States Food And Drug Administration

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Introduction
Americans have access to and benefit from one of the most technologically advanced pharmaceutical systems in the world. However, this system is also very strict and tedious. The system this paper will evaluate is the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), more specifically, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Although, having access to this system can be frustrating to those that are in the pharmaceutical development industry or those that have illnesses and need the best drugs available in order to cope with their symptoms. As a Type 1 Diabetic, it is easy to understand the consumer’s frustration when it comes to hearing about a new device or drug that will make living with diabetes much easier. When the consumer hears about a “breakthrough” treatment that could enhance the value of their life, it is best to not get their hopes up and expect that treatment to be available in the market within the year. A new treatment or drug could take ten or more years before it makes it to the marketplace and becomes available for the everyday consumer. This ten years or so period of time is filled with pre-clinical trials, clinical trials, fundraising, failures, success, and millions or even billions of dollars spent on trying to determine the effectiveness and side effects of a potentially life-saving treatment. Only a very small percentage of drugs or treatments that a company develops will actually make it all the way through the…

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