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The Food and Drug Administration is the U.S. government agency responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of all drugs. The FDA web sites provide information to consumers on its activities in regulation and approval of drugs.

The FDA provides the following general information about newly approved prescription drugs on its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) website:

Information on how drugs are developed in the U.S., read "From Test Tube to Participant: New Drug Development in the U.S.," third Edition, September, 1999:

Consumer information about drugs approved since 1998:

Information on products regulated by FDA:

New and generic drug approvals since 1988:


The FDA Electronic Orange Book, which gives current approved drug products:

MedlinePlus Guide to over 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications: