FDA’s Mission

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the country’s most critical health agencies. With jurisdiction over everything from foods, dietary supplements and bottled water, to prescription drugs, cosmetics and tobacco (not to mention medical devices and diagnostics), FDA is responsible for products that impact every American on a daily basis.  

But while these products are vastly different from one another, as Dr. Susan Alpert stresses, FDA’s mission remains the same:  To protect and promote the public health.

Welcome to the Straight Talk with Susan Series

Dr. Susan Alpert, MD, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on medical technology regulation. As a physician, former director of FDA’s Office of Device Evaluation, and former industry executive, Susan understands the medtech innovation ecosystem from all angles. Her unique perspective and decades of experience make her the ideal person to explain the complexities of medical technology development and regulation and the need to ensure that any requirements promote both patient safety and innovation.

Medtech Helps Identify Heart Attacks Before They Even Happen

When Ed Covert stopped by the nurse’s station at work, he was hoping to get some extra-strength cold medication or a decongestant. Little did Ed know, his cold-like symptoms pointed to a much scarier reality: Ed had already suffered two massive heart attacks, and he was heading for a third.

The Medtech Treatments Saving Hospitals' Tiniest Patients

Preemie babies – some of whom, like Marcellus Brown, weigh as little as 3 pounds – require cautious, delicate care. Often, these babies are too small and vulnerable to undergo surgeries they desperately need. That’s why the medical technology community has dedicated entire workstreams to delivering downsized treatment alternatives to traditional surgery and corresponding nano-technology specialized for the tiniest patients.

Summit On Balanced Pain Management Urges Interdisciplinary Approach

December 6, 2018

Before Justin Minyard was keynote speaker at this week’s fifth annual National Summit on Balanced Pain Management in Washington, DC, he was a respondent at the Pentagon on September 11.  A high-level interrogator serving the United States Army during tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  And a prime example of why comprehensive, integrative pain management is critical.