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With responsibility for products that comprise more than 20% of all national consumer spending, the U.S. Food & Drug Admininistration (FDA) oversees aspects of several industries that are key to our nation’s growth and prosperity.

A science-based, predictable, and efficient FDA helps these industries — including the food, drug, medical device, and cosmetics industries — to innovate and to create high-paying jobs here in America while improving our balance of trade.

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA works to ensure annual appropriations that will adequately fund the FDA’s essential missions, and we believe that the American people expect this too. There is no backstop, no other agency, that performs this critical work.

According to statements by the Commissioner of the FDA on October 1, 2012:

  • 80% of the base ingredients of pharmaceuticals sold in America today are made in other countries.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables — and 80% of seafood — eaten domestically come from outside the U.S.
  • The number of imported, FDA-regulated products has quadrupled in the last decade.

The federal goverment gives the FDA about $8 per year for each American (an “appropriation” of $2.561 billion for FY 2014). Nowhere else in the federal budget does so little money need to go so far. The FDA has just 10,000 employees to monitor food safety, review the safety and efficacy of medical products, assure the safe use of those medical products, and protect the American people, their pets, and their farm animals from poorly made, counterfeit, and illegal food, drugs, and cosmetics.

The Alliance has 180+ members spanning not-for-profit consumer, patient, and research advocacy organizations; associations representing health professions and industry; and individual companies. Every relevant stakeholder group is a part of our cause.

In March 2011, the Alliance issued a definitive white paper entitled The U.S. Food and Drug Administration: A Cornerstone of America’s Economic Future. In this report, the Alliance lays out, in some detail, how the FDA is critical to the future economic growth of America.


The Alliance for a Stronger FDA is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(4) corporation registered in the state of Maryland. It is not affiliated with the FDA and current FDA employees can not become members of the Alliance. For official information from the FDA, please click here.

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