FDA schedules public meetings with American consumers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct a series of public meetings in three cities entitled “Vision 2006-A Conversation with the American Public.” The purpose of the meetings is to update the public on its current programs and also to obtain consumer input on specific issues to help shape its agenda for 2006 and beyond. A notice in the August 16, 2005 Federal Register provides details, including questions for consumers to consider. Some of the discussion topics FDA is considering include seeking new opportunities to advance the safe use of medical products, increasing the public health benefits of direct-to- consumer advertising, guaranteeing the safety and reliability of dietary supplements, and improving the science of drug development. Meetings are scheduled for Miami, FL (9/13), Boston, MA (11/2), and Phoenix, AZ (11/30).