Food and Drug Administration

The FDA plays a pivotal role in the lives of Americans. The agency helps to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer and more affordable, and plays a key role in monitoring, preparing for and responding to global public health challenges, such as antibiotic resistance and Ebola. Overall, the agency oversees a quarter of the products consumers purchase each year.  It is essential to ensure FDA receives the resources needed to fulfill its myriad responsibilities, including ensuring patients can access effective medical advances as quickly and safely as possible.



NOTE: Does not include supplemental funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or the Ebola emergency supplemental funding in 2015.

Sources: FDA Reports, House Committee on Appropriations.

Americans Support Increased Funding for FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the agency responsible for the safety and effectiveness of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation. How important is it to increase funding for the FDA?


Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics in January 2016.

Policy Contacts

Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco