Postmarketing Safety Gets Closer Focus In Latest US FDA Drugs Center Reorganization
Division of Mitigation Assessment and Medication Error Surveillance will be established within the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, a change aimed at strengthening postmarketing oversight of opioids and other drugs; new Office of Safety and Clinical Evaluation will be created in Office of Generic Drugs, where Orange Book staff also will get their own division.
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