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Food and Drug Administration

Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.08.2013 | Home
Michele Simon

I am not opposed to federal labeling on GMO food. I agree this is where the problem must ultimately be solved. However, any federal standard must set a floor and not a ceiling, and not hand preemption over to industry.

Making Our Food Safer

Chris Meyer | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been all too common in recent years, from salmonella-tainted peanut butter to E. coli in vegetables. We now have a real opportunity to reverse this disturbing trend, if we do it the right way.

AEDs Save Lives: Let's Keep Them Readily Available

Mary M. Newman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Mary M. Newman

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has launched a petition to the FDA to keep automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily accessible for victims of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest, rather than increase regulatory hurdles that will hinder their deployment.

Practice Safe Rx

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While Americans never have enjoyed access to so many pharmaceutical products with such life-sustaining and lifesaving properties, these drugs also have proven to be expensive -- prohibitively so for many -- and subject to shortages.

The FDA's Dangerous Death Race

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

As a Miami lawyer who sues prescription drug manufactures, I strongly urge the FDA to slow down and not allow innovation and corporate profit to outweigh consumer safety.

WATCH: Man's Daily Habit May Have Caused Heart Attack

Posted 11.17.2012 | Miami

The caffeine found in 5-Hour Energy drinks may give you a needed boost -- but one man says his doctor believes it may also have lead to a fatal medica...

Energy Drink Reported As Possible Factor In 13 Deaths, FDA Reports

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2012 | Home

Nov 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed on Wednesday the receipt of reports that another caffeine drink, 5-hour Energy, may...

The Coming Cliff for Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Agin

With the failure of the Congressional Joint Select Committee to reach any type of an agreement on budget reduction measures, there will be automatic cuts that take place for many programs and agencies, most notably NIH and the FDA.

Clinical Trials: With Informed Samaritans, a Key Way to Advance Science and Medicine, Benefit Others -- and Receive Leading-Edge Therapies

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Thousands of clinical trials take place every day in this country and around the world as part of modern science's best attempt to find answers to medicine's most pressing questions.

Should Contaminated Food Really Be Killing So Many People?

Bloomberg View | the Editors | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View Contaminated food sickens 48 million Americans, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and more than 100,000 hospitalizations each year...

Inside The FDA's Food Safety Letdown

Bloomberg Markets | Posted 10.13.2012 | Home

William Beach loved cantaloupe -- so much so that starting in June last year he ate it almost every day. By August, the 87-year-old retired tractor me...

Blistering Report Blames Lack Of Regulation For Thousands Of Food Poisoning Deaths

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 10.11.2012 | Home

The U.S. federal government has been fighting foodborne illness for a century, ever since Upton Sinclair terrified the country with The Jungle, his ex...

When De-Regulation Leads To Mass Sickness And Death

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

Thing One: Our Regulations, Our Selves: If we could take de-regulation and inject it directly into our spines, this is what it might look like. At ...

Sowing Smaller Government, Reaping... Salmonella?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

"Smaller government" makes a swell sound bite, because it sounds like standing up against waste, inefficiency, and the quagmire of bureaucracy. But in the course of political harangues where sound bites prevail, it's often hard to tell exactly who is apt to get bitten.

Government Makes $30 Billion From Drug Fraud Cases

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

Drug companies paid $30.2 billion to settle 239 cases of alleged fraud against government health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid between 1991...

Penn State Now Has Trouble Where?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.18.2012 | Small Business

Penn State has taken another rocky road. Its popular Berkey Creamery has recalled ice cream and frozen yogurt products because consumers found plastic...

Is Medical Marijuana The New Snake Oil?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Fifty
David Sack, M.D.

Somewhat lost in the highly politicized hullabaloo is the one question we should really be asking about medical marijuana: Is it good medicine?

7 Big Ticket Items (Including NASA's Annual Budget) ID Thieves Could Fund With Your Stolen Tax Refunds

Adam Levin | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

Treasury estimates that the IRS could issue $21 billion to identity thieves over the next five years. For those those of you who are more visual, that's $21,000,000,000. Still need help? Consider the following.

FDA: Blood From Bio Waste Bin Used In Transfusion

Posted 08.16.2012 | Miami

The FDA sent a stern warning to a large South Florida blood bank after finding multiple cases of unsafe practices -- including the use of platelets st...

The HIV Pandemic: Turning the Global Tide

Gary Puckrein | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Gary Puckrein

Thirty years in, the U.S., indeed the planet, is making great strides in HIV and AIDS research. Dr. Fauci's vision of an AIDS-free generation will only be realized with innovative biologic and biosimilar medicines that are effective in and accessible by all affected populations.

Traceability Elusive In Global Trade Of Human Parts

ICIJ | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business

By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra This is the third installment in an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists series. The Kentucky man di...

Human Corpses Are Prize In Global Drive For Profits

ICIJ | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business

By Kate Willson, Vlad Lavrov, Martina Keller, Thomas Maier and Gerard Ryle This is the first installment in an International Consortium of Investigat...

FDA Is Not Protecting Consumers From Unsafe Food Additives

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The bottom line is that FDA officials just don't act as if they are the protectors of health that the public expects them to be. Instead, time and time again, they have shoved problems under the carpet, perhaps hoping the problems will be forgotten or solved through voluntary action.

Ending FDA Paralysis on Antibiotics With Two Court Victories and a Push for Transparency

Peter Lehner | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

It's time for FDA to step up and ensure that antibiotics are preserved for when we need them most: to heal sick people.

It's National Donut Day but Otherwise a Bad Week for Sweet Things

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.01.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Americans have traditionally loved sweet things. Think about it. You can't get any more American than a sweet slice of apple pie.