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Food and Drug Administration

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Behind Closed Doors: Who's Taking Meetings With FDA on Food Safety

Michele Simon | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

That large corporate interests lobby our lawmakers to legislate (or not legislate) in their favor is nothing new. But the Sunlight report shines a light on a dark corner of the workings of the Big Food lobby that -- in part thanks to the complicated FOIA process -- we rarely get to see.

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.

Obama Signs Drug Tracking Bill Into Law

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Nov 27 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Wednesday that gives U.S. health regulators greater oversight of bulk pharmaceut...

FDA Tells Google-Backed Startup To Stop Selling Genetic Tests

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test k...

Trans Fats: Deadly Consequences of FDA Inaction

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Once again, the market and food producer's profits trump public health. How many people have been harmed while the FDA gave food companies time to reformulate?

Diet Supplement In Trouble For Second Time This Year, Recall Will Cost Millions

Posted 11.20.2013 | Business

USPLabs LLC, which produces the weight loss supplement OxyElite Pro, is having a rough year. After more than 50 cases of liver damage were linked ...

Three More Synthetic Compounds Are Added to the Controlled Substances Act

The 420 Times | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The Food and Drug Administration hasn't sanctioned these particular synthetic drugs for human consumption, not to mention they haven't been approved for any medical uses.

Senate To Vote On Specialty Pharmacy Crackdown

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill designed to tighten government oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix prescription dru...

Salads, Sandwiches Recalled After E. Coli Outbreak

AP | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living

RICHMOND, Calif. -- RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recal...

4 Ways the Food and Drug Administration Is Not 'Protecting and Promoting Your Health'

Carole Bartolotto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carole Bartolotto

The FDA is worried about poop, a basically free substance that can cure C. diff and potentially other inflammatory bowel diseases, but is fine with adding food additives, antibiotics, and GMOs to our food supply without adequate testing or conflict-of-interest-free determinations.

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

GNC Delayed Pulling This Possibly Deadly Pill -- Why?

Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living

When the Hawaii Department of Health issued a request Tuesday that the diet supplement OxyELITE Pro be voluntarily removed from store shelves, they re...

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

Gabriela Aoun

Killer Diet Supplement? Liver Damage Cases In Hawaii Rise To 30

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living

The number of recent liver damage cases linked to dietary supplements has risen from 10 to 30 in the last week. All 30 cases have been reported in Haw...

Dietary Supplements Linked To 10 'Severe' Liver Failure Cases In Hawaii

Posted 09.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Ten young, seemingly-healthy people have been admitted into Hawaii hospitals in the last five months for varying degrees of liver inflammation and fai...

Victory! Proctor & Gamble to Eliminate Triclosan and DEP From Its Products

Christine Escobar | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

Procter & Gamble has announced plans to eliminate the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014.

'Generally' Recognized as Safe Food Additives May Not Be So Safe

Alison Brown, M.S. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Alison Brown, M.S.

Drawing parallels to the U.S. judicial system, the FDA operates on the premise that the chemicals in our food are "innocent until proven guilty," but in fact don't even carry out an objective and unbiased trial.

Food Additives: How Do We Know If They're Safe?

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Toxic substances -- how does the government prevent them from getting into the products we buy? Not well at all.

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.

When Your Medicine Makes You Sick

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

Once the FDA forces drug manufacturers to directly contact consumers who have been prescribed or are taking recalled medicine, it will send a strong message that patient safety is more important than corporate profit.

FDA Sets New Limits On Arsenic In Apple Juice

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON -- Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favor...

Hey, Paul Ryan -- We All Depend on Government - Even You (and Your Mom)!

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Rep. Paul Ryan is back to his old tricks, demonizing people who rely on government to improve their lives. This week, his target was food stamp recipients.

FDA Expands Morning After Pill Approval After Court Order

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved unrestricted sales of P...

How Did a Hepatitis Virus Get Into Organic Berries?

Michele Simon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Simon

The latest example of how even health-conscious eaters are not immune from food-borne illness outbreaks came last week with a recall of organic frozen berries contaminated with Hepatitis A. The products were sold under the brand name of Townsend Farms at two large chains.