CDER’s culture, its authorities, its scientific capacity, and its ability to communicate with health care providers and the public. The committee believes that the recommendations contained in this report, implemented together and with adequate resources, will enable the center (and the agency) to function more effectively in the present and to position itself for an even more challenging future in advancing and protecting the health of patients and the public.

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