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FDA seeks global partners to improve safety of imported food, medicines, and devices

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4106 (Published 29 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4106
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a new “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality” to confront the increasing flow of foods, drugs, and medical devices imported into the US—some of which have led to illnesses and deaths. The agency said it will join with similar agencies worldwide.

Margaret Hamburg, FDA commissioner, said, “There has been a perfect storm—more products, more manufacturers, more countries, and more access. A dramatic change in strategy must be implemented.”

The report says, “Globalization has fundamentally altered the economic and security landscape and demands a major change in the way FDA fulfills its mission to promote and …

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