Thursday, April 25, 2013

FDA Releases new Patient Network Website

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new website on Wednesday designed to further the agency’s efforts to “engage patients on policies and decisions that they may be affected by.” The launch of the FDA Patient Network website was announced via a press release that begin with a statement from FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

Commissioner Hamburg announced both the launch of the website, and the website slogan; “Get Informed. Get Involved. Help FDA Help Patients Have a Bigger Voice.” The slogan is designed to mimic the website, according to the Commissioner, touting the enhanced ability that patients now have to communicate with the FDA. The website will provide interactive ways for patients, patient advocates, and consumers to track medications from inception to sale. The website will also offer live chats with agency officials where users can ask questions about medications and share concerns about ongoing drug development or FDA regulations.

The Patient Network website will also feature a “get involved” page which offers several interactive functions including e-newsletter signup, live chats, a calendar of public meetings, webinars on medical product regulation, a clinical trial search, and information on how to apply to the FDA Patient Representative Program.

You can visit the website here.

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