Provided by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date Added: Aug 2005
The best-known job for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is to evaluate new drugs for safety and effectiveness before they can be sold. The evaluation, called a review, makes sure the drugs approved meet the tough standards for safety, effectiveness quality. Once drugs are on the market, it is monitored them for problems. Prescription medicines must be administered under a doctor's supervision or require a doctor's authorization for purchase. There are several reasons for requiring a medicine be sold by prescription discussed in the report.