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Empowering Patients and Consumers


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FDA is developing new ways to engage patients and consumers to better understand the American patients’ and the public’s perspectives and preferences including related to outcomes. The scope of products regulated by FDA affects consumers and patients, including the veterinary client-patient relationship (VCPR). Understanding patient, consumer, and VCPR perspectives and preferences including related to outcomes enables FDA to understand what matters most in new treatments and develop targeted and easy-to-understand communications and resources to empower the diverse American public to make better informed decisions. If consumers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals become more informed about the products FDA regulates, they can live healthier and more productive lives.




Minority Health and Health Equity Women’s Health Maternal Health Pediatric Health
Oncology Rare Diseases One Health Initiative  



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Contact Us: FARS@fda.hhs.gov


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