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New FDA Regulation Could Cripple Ranchers, Beer Brewers

Robin Wilkey | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green

A proposed new regulation by the Food and Drug Administration aims to protect both livestock and consumers, but critics say it would hurt ranchers and...

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics: FDA's Regulation of 23andMe Is a Welcome Move for Consumers

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Karuna Jaggar

Public health and patient protection should come before company profit. And this week the FDA has taken a welcome stand to protect public health by insisting that what is clearly a medical service be regulated as such.

Trans Fat -- On the Way Out

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

At long last, the Food and Drug Administration has announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer "generally recognized as safe" for use in food.

Fear The Turtle: FDA's One Sided Food Safety Regulations

Tanya Tolchin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
Tanya Tolchin

We cannot grow healthy food in a landscape scrubbed of natural elements or sterilized by chemicals. Consumers are clamoring for natural, organic food that is free of chemical pollution. We need rules that encourage farming with nature.

Reasonable Certainty of No Harm?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The FDA could easily ban unnecessary ingredients like partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, mycoprotein, Red 3, and BHA. And it could set safe conditions of use on substances like sugar and salt. But the FDA has done nothing about, or has even defended, each of those unsavory substances.

What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Robert Lustig, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Lustig, M.D.

What about our food? Paracelsus would argue -- real food is food, but processed food is poison. Literally. Because processed food has been overloaded, and you've been overdosed. What allows the food industry to overdose us, and why is it legal?

Animal Antibiotic Use Continues Upwards, FDA Keeps Blinders on

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Food
David Wallinga, M.D.

The FDA's report on antibiotics used in food animals asks pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily to reduce the sales of their antibiotic products sold for use in animal feed. If the success of FDA's approach strikes you as unlikely, you're not alone.

3 Steps the FDA Can Take in 2013 to Show It Is Protecting Americans From Harm

Peter Lehner | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Peter Lehner

For as welcome as the new food safety programs are, the FDA is still plagued with problems. It moves at a glacial pace in the face of pressing health hazards, like its three-decade-long refusal to act on its own findings that the use of antibiotics in livestock feed threatens human health.

FDA Chief Urges Action On Drug Compounding Safety

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The top U.S. drug regulator on Wednesday urged state officials to help c...

Behind the Meningitis Outbreak: Pharmacies Fought FDA Regulation

Donald Cohen | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Fifteen people have died in an outbreak of meningitis contracted from contaminated spinal steroid injections. The numbers are growing, and so is awareness of a little-known corner of the pharmaceutical industry, compounding pharmacies, which is responsible for the tragedy.

Meningitis Scare: What Are the Legalities of Pharmacy Compounding?

Arlene Weintraub | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Arlene Weintraub

It will be interesting to see if the current meningitis crisis prompts the federal government to take a fresh look at the rules and regulations governing compounding pharmacies.

Buyer Beware

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

In July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and children's drinking cups. Good news, to be sure, but why must we wait to have this likely carcinogen eliminated from our dietary supply entirely?

Cigar Lovers To FDA: A Cigar Isn't Just A Cigar

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 06.22.2012 | Small Business

RICHMOND, Va. -- Sometimes a cigar isn't just a cigar. From large hand-rolled cigars and smaller machine-made cigars to little cigars that are simila...

Mobile App for Lifesaving Technology? Or Regulated Industry?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 07.18.2012 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Is an app a device? Is it a life-saving tool or is it the new shiny toy on your smartphone about which you know nothing about the reliability or specificity of how it works?

People Are Dying of Drug Overdoses, Despite Lifesaving Medications

Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D.

We have waged a war against drugs instead of formulating a science-based response to a public health epidemic for which a life-saving medication is available.

Grossed Out by Pink Slime? Well, Don't Just Sit There

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Signs that our food system is broken are all around us. So are the signs that Americans are craving change and want to do something about it.

The FDA Allows What In Our Food?

Posted 03.21.2012 | Weird News

Your food has to reach "Food Defect Action Levels" that have been created by the FDA before the regulator will take action against products with forei...

A Novel Way to Create American Jobs: Brought to You By the Medical Device Industry and Congress

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

At stake is whether medical devices that are put in your body, cardiac stents, heart valves, knee and hip implants, among others, will be subject to safety tests in humans before they are approved by the FDA.

The FDA Fails the Public on Antibiotics Once Again

Andrew Gunther | Posted 03.10.2012 | Food
Andrew Gunther

While the FDA's decision to curb the use of cephalosporins in food animal production has been hailed as positive step, forgive me if you don't see me jumping for joy.

FDA Limits Some Antibiotics In Livestock

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 03.05.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ordered farmers to limit the use of a type of antibiotics they give livestock because...

Teens and Flavored Cigars. Seriously?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.18.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Cigar use among teens increased by more than 11% from 2000-2010. And the cigars are not the ones that your uncles smoked. The cigars of choice are -- get this -- candy-flavored.

1,200 Retailers Cited For Violating Tobacco Rules

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 01.09.2012 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued about 1,200 warning letters to retailers in 15 states for violating...

Eighty Percent of Vitamin C Is Imported from China. Is it Safe?

Dara O'Rourke | Posted 08.31.2011 | Green
Dara O'Rourke

The dangers of an increasingly globalized supply chain for food and drugs are already visible. With imports and scandals rising, and government funding decreasing, the FDA will have to focus their limited resources to protect public health.

Data Exclusivity: Getting the Balance Right

John Horton | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
John Horton

What's the right length for data exclusivity? The current law says innovator drug makers have twelve years; in the European Union, it's ten; and the 2012 budget proposes seven. Who's right?