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Is the CDC and the FDA similar?

The two organizations are governmental, but do they function somewhat alike or do they both take care of different functions.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Centers for Disease Control works to provide monitoring for diseases (like the H1N1 epidemic this year). They compile statistics relating to disease trends and also provide information to other agencies and the general public regarding illness and prevention (vaccines, etc).

    The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of monitoring drugs that are manufactured, distributed, and sold in the US. They also provide monitoring of issues related to food safety.

    The FDA and CDC often work together, as their spheres of influence tend to overlap somewhat. For instance, both agencies might be involved tracking disease related to food borne illness or tracking of adverse effects related to vaccines.

    Source(s): RN
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