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NORD Calls FDA Action 'An Important Advance for Patients'
Date:2/25/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter L. Saltonstall, president and CEO of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), today said the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it has created a new position—Associate Director for Rare Diseases—in the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's (CDER) Office of New Drugs (OND) represents an important advance for patients with rare diseases.

"NORD asked FDA to create a new position within CDER to provide a focal point for the approval of new orphan drugs, and to supplement the support that orphan products receive from the Commissioner's office," Saltonstall said.  "We believe the creation of this new office reaffirms and expands FDA's commitment to facilitate the development and approval of safe and effective drugs for Americans with rare diseases."

Dr. Anne Pariser has been selected as the new Acting Associate Director for Rare Diseases and the agency said it will move quickly to fill the position on a permanent basis.  Dr.
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