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Food and Drug Administration

New York Magazine Article Drew Attention To Chantix Problems In February 2008

Huffington Post | Peter Drivas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration mandated that Chantix, an anti-smoking drug, be required to carry its strongest safety warning due to s...

Panel Wants Ban on Percocet and Vicodin | Gardiner Harris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the...

Gunmakers Now Last Unregulated Industry

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Guns are now the only consumer product manufactured in America not regulated by a federal agency for health and safety.

The Rise and Fall of the Cigarette

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It was a tough week for the cigarette, and also for Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and three of his colleagues, who received huge campaign contributions from cigarette makers.


Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

You, like millions of other Americans, probably regularly use and consume products made with Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical that is a $6 billion global industry.

Bisphenol A: The Goods on a Bad Plastic

Nena Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nena Baker

The leaked minutes from industry's bisphenol A strategy session in Washington D.C. last week tell a sad and scary tale of desperation.

FDA Approval Of Medical Devices Not Enough

Les Weisbrod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Les Weisbrod

The Medical Device Safety Act would restore patients' right to hold the manufacturer responsible when their products are defective.

The Swine Flu or the FDA: Which Is More Dangerous to Your Health?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

News media sycophants have taken up the hew and cry over Tamiflu's life-saving properties. Yet little is being said about the very real dangers that these drugs pose to your health and mental welfare.

Our Brains on Food & Other Tales of Modern Life

Moira Gunn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Moira Gunn

Whether it's food or drugs or stress or being treated unfairly or even information overload, we need to figure out exactly what is driving us.

FDA So Understaffed It Inspects Less Than One Percent Of Imported Food

MSNBC | Tom Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Food and Drug Administration may be the only federal agency that both political parties agree is in desperate need of an overhaul....

Question For Obama: How About A Science-Based Drug Policy?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant


Peanut Butter Processor Knowingly Endangers Consumers -- America Needs a Strong Food Safety System

Les Weisbrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Les Weisbrod

At least 12 times in 2007 and 2008, Peanut Corporation of America deliberately endangered our families by knowingly putting contaminated peanut products into the chain of commerce.

More Evidence That BPA is Toxic and Industry Tactics Exposed

Sarah Janssen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Janssen

New research suggests that BPA may interfere with metabolism and lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes in humans.

Innovations in Phase IV Clinical Trials for Change in Health Care

Sunil Chacko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Chacko

For dying patients with no therapy that is working, compassionate use programs exist to provide drugs in phase II or III clinical trials when the patient was ineligible to participate in the trial.

Put Women's Health Back in the Picture

Meghan Rhoad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meghan Rhoad

The Global Gag Rule withheld critical funds from organizations abroad which provided legal, voluntary abortions, counseled women about abortion, and engaged in advocacy for abortion rights.

Our Melamine: There's Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup, and the FDA Has Known for Years

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Hatfield

In China, heads might roll over a scandal like this one, at least if the country received global attention for its allowing corrupt health officials' greasy palms come before, um, public health.

Food Crisis: A Regulatory Meltdown No Bailout Can Save

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

The problems we face in food safety are familiar when viewing the unfolding financial crisis. We see cuts in agency budgets, weakening of regulations, and the fox being put in charge of the henhouse.

A New Year's Resolution for the FDA: Kick the Drug (Company) Addiction

Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee

The FDA needs to admit that it is currently powerless over the industry it is supposed to be regulating; it has let Big Pharma take over and become dependent on drug company money.

Common Plastic Found to Leak Chemicals

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

Two highly reactive chemicals in a common plastic can leak from disposable lab equipment and skew the outcome of life science research.

The Supreme Court, the Election and the Sad Story of Diana Levine

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Monday the Supreme Court will hear argument in Wyeth v. Levine -- Diane Levine is a Vermont musician who went to the hospital for treatment of a migraine headache and left with her arm amputated and career in ruins.

What Does "Natural" Mean To The FDA?

Gourmet | Barry Estabrook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Ready for a back-to-school pop quiz? Here goes: How does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) define the word "natural" for food products? Actuall...

Something Is (Still) Rotten In Food Oversight

Al Meyerhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Meyerhoff

From spinach to tomatoes, E.coli to salmonella, despite public uproar, congressional hearings and industry promises, nothing really has changed but the bug and the vegetable (fruit actually).

Ortho Evra May Beat Cover-Up Charges, Thanks To Legal Technicality

New York Times | GARDINER HARRIS and ALEX BERENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For years, Johnson & Johnson obscured evidence that its popular Ortho Evra birth control patch delivered much more estrogen than standard birth contro...

FDA: Cloned Animals Safe For Food, Should Be On Market

Washington Post | Rick Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A long-awaited final report from the Food and Drug Administration concludes that foods from healthy cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as ...

FDA: Amgen's Anemia Drugs May Cause Death

Los Angeles Times | Daniel Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Anemia drugs sold by Amgen Inc. took another hit Thursday when government regulators said two new studies indicated that the drugs may increase the ri...