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Project

Health Care Products

The Food and Drug Administration oversees a broad range of medical and consumer products. In fact, the agency estimates that up to a quarter of all U.S. consumer spending is on FDA-regulated items.

The Pew Charitable Trusts understands the tremendous impact these products have on public health. This project complements our work supporting drug safety and effective and efficient regulation of medical devices by focusing attention on over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements, as well as fields such as regenerative medicine, in order to safeguard consumers and patients.

Pills in hand
Pills in hand
Article

FDA Lacks Ability to Effectively Safeguard Public From Risky Supplements

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The Food and Drug Administration cautioned consumers in January to avoid a product called GoLean Detox. The agency’s laboratory analysis showed that the product contained ingredients from two potentially dangerous drugs, even though it was advertised as an all-natural herbal supplement to help with weight loss.

In Vitro
In Vitro
Issue Brief

What Are In Vitro Diagnostic Tests, and How Are They Regulated?

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Issue Brief

Health care providers rely on a variety of tools to diagnose conditions and guide treatment decisions. Among the most common and widely used are <i>in vitro</i> diagnostics (IVDs), which are clinical tests that analyze samples taken from the human body. Patients may receive—or forgo—medical care based on diagnostic test results, making it critically important that tests are reliable.