The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed a new online "request to connect" patient portal that provides patients, caregivers and health care professionals with a single point of entry to the agency for issues related to drug and medical device development. Co-developed by the FDA’s patient affairs staff and the medical product centers, the portal will route inquiries to the appropriate medical product center or office to ensure that they are received and responded to in an effective and efficient manner. The patient portal can be accessed at