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New FDA Basics Video Available about the Effective and Proper Uses of Medicines and Devices in Children

October 13, 2010 10 comments

As part of FDA Basics, FDA has posted a video with Dr. Dianne Murphy, director of FDA’s Office of Pediatric Therapeutics.  Dr. Murphy discusses how FDA helps to develop knowledge about the proper and effective use of drugs and devices in children.  View the video below.

Materials Available from FDA Basics Webinar on “Generic Drugs”

October 7, 2010 9 comments

Did you miss the FDA Basics webinar about generic drugs?

Materials from the webinar are now available on the FDA Basics website.

Check out the “What’s New” box on the FDA Basics homepage to download materials from the webinar.  We have posted a link to view and listen to the 30 minute webinar and posted a link to download a copy of the presentation slides.

** There were audio difficulties during the first couple of minutes of the 30 minute webinar.**

You can find materials from past FDA Basics webinars here.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Upcoming Event: FDA Basics Webinar on Generic Drugs, Monday, September 27th, 1:00 p.m. ET

September 20, 2010 5 comments

Did you know that generic drugs are safe and effective alternatives to brand name drugs? Did you know that generic drugs can reduce the cost of prescription drugs for both consumers and the government?

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more. The featured speaker Robert West, a supervisory pharmacist in the Office of Generic Drugs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), will give an overview of generic drug regulation.  After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held on Monday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Sign in early, since there are a limited number of spots available for the webinar. Materials from the webinar will also be made available on the FDA Web site.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webinar.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Coming Soon: Newly Redesigned FDA Basics Main Page

September 20, 2010 8 comments

It’s been almost 9 months since the FDA Basics section of the FDA website launched. After collecting web traffic data during this time, we decided to make some minor changes to the main page in hopes of improving your experience.

The changes include:

  • Cleaner look-and-feel
  • Easier access to the major content areas, videos, and webinars
  • Restructured slideshow

The newly redesigned FDA Basic main page will launch later this month. In the meantime, see below for images of the current main page (1st picture) and the new main page (2nd picture). Click the images below to see the full size image.

Screen shot of current FDA Basics Main Page

Current FDA Basics Main Page

Screen shot of new FDA Basics Main Page

New FDA Basics Main Page

Post a comment below to let us know what you think.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

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Find out More About FDA: New Questions and Answers Available on FDA Basics

August 24, 2010 6 comments

Have you seen the term "FDA Advisory Committees" and wondered what they are and what they do?

Last week, FDA added six new questions about the advisory committee process to FDA Basics, the web-based resource that provides information about FDA and what the agency does. 

The questions include:

What is an FDA Advisory Committee?

How does an individual become a member of an FDA advisory committee?

What are the qualifications of a scientific member of an advisory committee?

How does the FDA use Advisory Committees to make decisions about drugs?

Find out answers to these questions and more in the "FDA Fundamentals" section of FDA Basics!  You can also rate how helpful the answer was.  We use this feedback to improve the answers and add more questions to FDA Basics.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Materials Available from FDA Basics Webinar on “Using a Food Label to Make Smart Food Choices”

August 18, 2010 3 comments

Did you miss the FDA Basics webinar about how to use a food label to make smart food choices?

Materials from the webinar are now available on the FDA Basics website.

Check out the "What's New" box on the FDA Basics homepage to download materials from the webinar.  We have posted a link to view and listen to the 30 minute webinar and posted a link to download a copy of the presentation slides.

You can find materials from past FDA Basics webinars here.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Upcoming Event: FDA Basics Webinar on Using a Food Label to Make Smart Food Choices, Tuesday, August 10, 1:30 p.m. ET

August 4, 2010 12 comments

What is "% DV" found on food labels and why is it important? What’s the relationship between serving size and total calories? 

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more. The featured speaker, Essie Yamini, a nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian with a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry, works with the science review team at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Yamini will give an overview and answer questions about the Nutrition Facts Label.  After the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 10, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Sign in early, since there are a limited number of spots available for the webinar. Materials from the webinar will also be made available on the FDA Web site.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webinar.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

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