FDA & It’s Role In Society

Nikitha Srinivasan

The FDA is also known as the Food and Drug Administration. It enforces regulations of food, medical devices, cosmetics, and drugs. The FDA’s mission is to help protect public health by ensuring the safety of the food supply, medical devices, and cosmetics. The FDA grants approval of food and drugs. You can notice restaurants have a sign on their window ensuring that it is FDA approved. The FDA also checks the laboratory/clinical results of medical devices and drugs to make sure it is safe enough for the public. Dr.Stephen Hahn was sworn in as the commissioner of the FDA and approved by the senate by 73-17.

The FDA has the potential power of destroying a business by deeming it’s food not safe. It can ruin upcoming medical or cosmetic products in which some companies could have spent millions in advertising these products. FDA has the authority to check the manufacturing and check that all regulations are being followed. The FDA attempts to protect minors from harmful substances like nicotine, alcohol, and cigarettes. Not only does it affect businesses, but it also affects our everyday life. FDA helps make sure that prescription drugs are safe to use and are effective. The FDA also makes sure the food labels are accurate nutritional value. They then warn you when food or drugs pose a risk to hurt you.

An example of a violation by a company that the FDA recognized and helped the public. The company, Candy Color Lenses, wanted to import misbranded contact lenses from Asia and sell them online to people without a prescription. Many customers critiqued the quality and claimed them to be “itchy”. Later the owner admitted that some of the lenses were contaminated with potential bacteria. The owner was later sentenced to 46 months in prison and forfeits 1.2 million dollars. His company was also shut down.

The FDA has negatively affected the company but positively affected the public. It helped the public avoid wearing contaminated contact lenses.

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