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  • FDA recommends ending lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

    05/12/2015 11:49:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration is calling for the end to a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, acknowledging that the policy “is perceived by some as discriminatory.” The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules on Tuesday that would roll back the ban, though it still restricts gay men from donating blood if they have had sex with another man within a year. The proposal still marks the country’s biggest step yet toward changing the 30-year-old prohibition. Critics of the ban, which was enacted during the national AIDS epidemic in 1983 and last updated in 1992, say...
  • FDA to Crack Down on Home-based soap makers

    05/04/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 93 replies
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.” She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...
  • Lawmakers want FDA to crack down on soap makers

    04/30/2015 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies
    Simpleunhookedliving | April 26, 2015 | wordpress.com Blog member
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. Many soap makers are rural “kitchen table” operations that rely on the income to fund their simple living lifestyle. Some use milk from goats they raise and ingredients they harvest from the land. The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance posted this form on its website that can be used to reach out...
  • NJ Assemblyman Looks To Ban Organic Herb That Produces Heroin-Like High

    04/24/2015 12:46:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 24, 2015
    A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban an organic herb fueling the latest drug craze among teens. As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Kratom gives a high similar to heroin. The substance is legal and kids can buy it, Adams reported. The plant is related to coffee; it is native to southeast Asia and has long been used as an herbal pain reliever. But it is also psychoactive and can cause hallucinations and addictions, says New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer, who wants to make the substance illegal. “According to the FDA, there is a known toxicity in multiple organs that...
  • FDA: Kind bars not so kind to your health

    04/15/2015 8:01:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 15, 2015 | Robert King
    The Food and Drug Administration is tearing into several Kind fruit and nut bars, blasting the company's claims they are healthy.Apparently there is a federal criterion for what is considered healthy, and Kind doesn't meet it, according to a recent FDA warning letter to the company.The agency singled out the labels for four Kind bars: almond and apricot, almond and coconut, peanut butter-dark chocolate and protein, and dark chocolate-cherry cashew and antioxidants.The agency took aim at several claims that the bars were "healthy," including that they were low in sodium and were a good source of fiber.
  • Weedkiller alert over cancer link (GMO)

    03/21/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by opentalk · 190 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 21, 2015 | Camilla Turner
    The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared that one of the UK’s most widely used weedkillers is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.Amateur gardeners and professional farmers have been urged to “think very carefully” about using the popular herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. A summary of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) report, published in The Lancet Oncology, said that the herbicide had been detected “in air during spraying, in water, and in food”.It had also been detected “in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption”....The IARC's report said that its use has increased sharply with the...
  • Popular weed killer deemed “probable carcinogen” by UN (glyphosate, e.g. “Roundup”)

    03/20/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 2:25 PM EDT | Maria Cheng
    One of the world’s most popular weed killers—and the most widely used kind in the U.S.—has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming. […] The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk. Glyphosate is in the same category of risk as things like anabolic steroids and...
  • #GimmeFive for Obama's 5th Let's Move Aniversary...Then Go Away.

    02/24/2015 6:45:55 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2015 | MOTUS
    I don’t know what’s worse; that Big Guy keeps making videos like this while ISIS continues to kidnap, rape, torture and kill it’s way across the Middle East…Or that he looks so natural while doing it.In fact, he’s so good at acting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could have avoided all the bad press about being too white simply by awarding Barry a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Oscar.Butt getting back to Lady M’s big 5 year anniversary:Okay, get on your mark, get set…5 sit ups:Our “sitting” president5 mile run 5 vegetables:Now get out there and #gimmefive! In...
  • That’s Why It’s Called Propaganda

    02/22/2015 8:15:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-22-2015 | MOTUS
    In honor of the five (5!) year anniversary of Lady M’s Let’s Move! initiative, in conjunction with her “Eat Brighter” campaign, launched in 2013… A tip for “eating brighter:” put the mic down first and keep your tongue in your mouth. The federal committee responsible for nutrition guidelines (the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, or DGAC) has finally issued a 571-page report of recommendations that calls for:  the adoption of “plant-based” diets, taxes on dessert, trained obesity “interventionists” at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television. So nothing real intrusive; it just wants to fundamentally...
  • Obama proposes new agency to make Americans’ food safer

    02/02/2015 1:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2015 4:34 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe. The proposal in the president’s budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those functions together in a single home. […] The budget proposes consolidating the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and all of FDA’s food safety oversight into one new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The new agency...
  • FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

    01/30/2015 8:06:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 6:24 PM EST
    Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder. […] The Food and Drug Administration originally approved Vyvanse in 2007 as a once-a-day pill for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On Friday, the agency cleared the drug for adults who compulsively overeat. Vyvanse, known chemically as lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, is part of a family of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. The drug’s prescribing label warns that Vyvanse has a “high potential for abuse and dependence,” and doctors should monitor patients for signs of dependence. …
  • Would You Trust A Doctor Who Got Kickbacks To Prescribe Your Drugs?

    01/20/2015 8:47:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.). In accordance with the disposition of the case, the US subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. will pay $39 million to the US federal...
  • By lifting blood ban for gay men, FDA decides feelings are more important than lives

    01/08/2015 7:14:04 AM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/715 | Dustin Siggins
    Just before Christmas, the deputy director of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) told reporters that the agency had decided to lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men. While the details still have to be worked out, as does a period of public comment this year, the FDA intends to institute a one-year ban it says fits in with current evidence.And what evidence is that? According to the Associated Press: Marks said some of the most compelling evidence for changing the policy comes from Australia, which put in place a one-year ban...
  • FDA Approves Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASIL®9, to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases.....

    01/06/2015 1:35:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    MERCK ^ | December 11, 2014 | merck
    FULL TITLE: FDA Approves Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASIL®9, to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases Caused by Nine HPV types – Including Types that Cause About 90% of Cervical Cancer Cases KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant), Merck’s 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for use in girls and young women 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and...
  • Nanny State: Sprinkles To Be Banned By FDA

    12/30/2014 9:51:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 75 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Regulation: Cures for cancer and Ebola having been found, the federal ubernannies have decreed that sprinkles should no longer adorn kids' ice cream because they contain the trans fat that liberal groups once pushed for. Come the New Year, the Food and Drug Administration, ignoring the principle that in most cases it's the dose that defines the poison, will issue new regulations designed to remove even trace amounts of hydrogenate oils, commonly known as trans fats, from our diets. Trans fats have been in our foods since the 1950s to increase shelf life and improve taste. A small amount appears...
  • Gay Men Can Donate Blood If Abstinent for 1 Year, Says FDA in New Policy Lifting Lifetime Ban

    12/28/2014 12:32:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/28/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it's easing restrictions on gay men donating blood, reversing a policy enacted during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic decades earlier. In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said easing the ban came after several years of research into the matter. "Following this review, and taking into account the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA, the agency will take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral...
  • F.D.A. Lifting Ban on Gay Blood Donors

    12/23/2014 11:05:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 254 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent. The F.D.A. enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science — and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular — has advanced in the intervening...
  • Feds give emergency approval to new Ebola testing kit for Americans

    12/25/2014 7:02:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    <p>The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for a new diagnostic kit to test blood for the deadly Ebola virus, even as doctors are reporting a survival rate in one hard-hit area that has climbed to about 70 percent.</p>
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS: FDA MOVES TO BAN CAKE, DONUT ‘SPRINKLES’

    12/24/2014 12:07:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 22, 2014 | mike flynn
    Early next year, the FDA is expected to finalize a new regulation intended to eradicate even trace amounts of partially hydrogenated oils, known as trans fats, from our diets. Although the amount of trans fats Americans consume has declined significantly in recent years, the FDA’s quest to completely eliminate a particular type of trans fat threatens to eliminate the noble “sprinkle,” used to decorate holiday treats and donuts. Even a small amount of joy is suspect in the FDA’s brave, new, food-monitored world. In recent years, research has determined that consuming large amounts of trans fats is harmful to the heart. Trans fats have been in...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA proposal on gay sex (calls it too restrictive)

    12/24/2014 3:43:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | December 23, 2014 | Trevor Eischen
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the FDA’s proposed new policy on blood donations from gay men, saying that while the recommendation is a “step forward” it is still “discriminatory.” The liberal legislator and potential 2016 presidential candidate tweeted that the FDA must “have courage to set policies based on science” in order to “commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screenings.” The policy, introduced Tuesday by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, would replace a 30-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men with a new rule permitting donations from men...
  • FDA to ease ban on blood donations by gay men

    12/23/2014 10:00:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 12:06 AM EST | Matthew Perrone
    Federal officials have moved closer to overturning a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists say the proposed alternative would continue to stigmatize men who have sex with men. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will recommend lifting the lifetime ban early next year, replacing it with a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous 12 months. The change would overturn a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified, given advances in HIV testing. But activists questioned whether...
  • ObamaCare's costly menu-labeling mandate is destined to fail

    12/07/2014 7:13:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 6, 2014 | Jason Pye
    The Food and Drug Administration is going to try its hand at shaming consumers into making healthier choices when they go out to eat. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA announced a controversial and expansive rule that will require certain establishments with 20 or more locations -- including chain restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, and movie theaters -- to post calorie information on their menus and menu boards. A separate rule was also issued requiring operators of 20 or more vending machines to post calorie information. Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, a provision included in the law...
  • Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion

    12/04/2014 4:19:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 4, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government formally completed regulations that will force vending machines and restaurants to display calorie information, which can lead to businesses being fined thousands of dollars for not including the number of calories in a mayonnaise packet. The regulations, which originated in Obamacare, total 319 pages and will cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rules last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday, arguing the rules are “an important step for public health.” The final rules increased costs by $542 million from the proposed rules, totaling $531.1 million for vending machines,...
  • FDA advisers mull lifting ban on gay blood donors

    12/02/2014 12:47:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 3:26 PM EST
    Government health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure against the policy from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks. The ban dates from the first years of the AIDS epidemic and was intended to protect the U.S. blood supply from exposure to the little-understood disease. …
  • Obama FDA Considers Lifting Ban on Sodomites Donating Blood

    12/01/2014 4:08:35 AM PST · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 20, 2014 | Timothy Brown
    Again, this is another move under the Obama administration to put the American public in danger while promoting what is clearly an unhealthy lifestyle. The Food and Drug Administration advisors will be meeting the first week in December to talk about lifting a thirty year old prohibition on sodomites donating blood. ------------- Let me ask you America, would you be willing to run that risk of a sodomite donating blood with the slim chance that he may just give you HIV? Wouldn't that be like me offering you a coke with the possibility that it contained only 1% poison? Would...
  • Where a Liberal Thinks Abortion a Happy Ending

    11/30/2014 4:26:57 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    JimScott wrote:“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,”In the Italian Pope Francis said "demiurgo" which looks to me like "demiurge". So this should read "God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life".Yeh message to this sad misguided wannabe NYT reporter (i.e John Ransom) the Gnostic heretics of old believed in two gods the "good" god of the New Testament and the evil lesser god of the Old (i.e demiurge).-- --Can the Pope Shut Up Too?Dear Comrade Scott,I'll take a lot of criticism,...
  • Who’s in Charge of the Pie Around Here?

    11/29/2014 6:04:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-29-2014 | MOTUS
    Relax America, all’s right with the world. The Big White “Christmas” tree arrived yesterday to great fanfare. And by fanfare I mean even the dogs came:Too late to grant it amnesty, Lady M prepares to bless the White House Christmas tree. I note that we’re no longer even trying to hide the fact that we’re living through a rerun of the Carter Administration (with apologies to Jimmy Carter); take this 1970’s inspired coat-frock for example:Mod Squad MOTrust me, it could always be worse. We could have worn it with our knee boots.And boob belt – with pearls:So continue to count...
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDA’s calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

    11/24/2014 10:01:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Counting your calories will become easier under new government rules requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores—and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines—to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce the long-delayed rules on Tuesday. The regulations will apply to businesses with 20 or more locations and they will be given until November 2015 to comply. The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, hot dog at a gas station or large popcorn at the movie theater if...
  • Federal Committee: We Need Fat Interventions At Worksites

    11/08/2014 8:54:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 7, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal committee charged with creating nutrition guidelines for Americans is calling for fat interventions at workplaces.During a presentation at the sixth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on Friday, the committee said government needs to take “bold action” to fight obesity.The solutions included “comprehensive” obesity interventions in “health care, the community, public health facilities, and work sites.”“The public should monitor body weight and engage with providers in evidence-based approaches aimed at achieving and maintaining healthy body weight,” the panel said in a presentation on “Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health.”The committee, which is responsible for creating...
  • Some Ebola Patients Should Get Placebo in Drug Tests: FDA

    11/05/2014 9:22:05 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 38 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | November 5, 2014
    Some Ebola Patients Should Get Placebo in Drug Tests: FDA "Edward Cox, director of the FDA’s Office of Antimicrobial Products, said Wednesday that some patients with Ebola need to forgo potentially life-saving treatments so researchers can see how they fare compared to those who receive the experimental drugs .... Cox noted that randomised studies would be "challenging," but they are necessary ..."
  • FDA drug laboratories

    10/20/2014 2:43:10 PM PDT · by Princeton_University · 6 replies
    Does the FDA have its own independent laboratories or does it farm out the lab testing of drugs to the pharmaceutical companies themselves? I have been unable to find out this information. In other words, does the FDA approval process rely upon completely independent governmentally operated labs? Or does the FDA depend upon test results provided by the pharmaceutical companies themselves? SANDY KRAMER, Ph.D.
  • How the feds block Ebola cures

    10/20/2014 4:28:36 AM PDT · by bert · 53 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2014 | 8:30pm | Robert Goldberg
    We have technology to potentially control Ebola and other viral outbreaks today. But the federal bureaucracy refuses to catch up with 21st-century science. For example, diagnostic startup Nanobiosym has an iPhone-sized device that can accurately detect Ebola and other infectious diseases in less than an hour. Two other companies, Synthetic Genomics and Novartis, have the capacity to create synthetic vaccine viruses for influenza and other infectious diseases in only four days. Both firms can also share data about outbreaks instantaneously and make real-time, geographically specific diagnosis and vaccine production possible. These companies could start producing Ebola vaccine/treatments tomorrow — except...
  • FDA halts Dallas hospital from using Ebola-screening device

    10/18/2014 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Doughlas Ernst
    The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan had a version of the Ebola-screening device used by the U.S. military in West Africa sitting on a shelf, but FDA guidelines prohibited staff from using it on the patient. A $39,000 machine called FilmArray was available to the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Duncan came in with a fever. The device has a high success rate for detecting Ebola in less than one hour, but sat idly because current federal guidelines prevented the hospital from obtaining a specific “kit” needed for screening, the military website Defense One reported Thursday.
  • Dallas hospital that treated three Ebola patients had machine that can detect disease in just min.

    10/17/2014 8:49:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | MICHAEL ZENNIE
    The Film Array can screen for Ebola with 90percent accuracy It is being using by US military doctors in West Africa Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had one of the $39,000 devices but could not use it to diagnose diseases The military has given the Utah-based developer of the machine a $240million grant to perfect deadly virus detection The Dallas hospital that sent home Thomas Eric Duncan the first time he showed up at the emergency room has a machine that could have detected Ebola in less than an hour - but doctors were barred from using it because of federal...
  • Officially Killing Americans

    10/15/2014 5:00:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective. Let's look at these errors, because to err on the side of under- or over-caution is costly. It's in an FDA official's self-interest to err on the side of over-caution. People who are injured by incorrectly approved drugs -- and their families -- will know that they are victims of FDA mistakes, or under-caution. Their suffering makes headlines. FDA officials face unfavorable publicity,...
  • Why Big Tobacco keeps demolishing the FDA in federal court

    10/04/2014 6:16:05 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 17 replies
    Salon ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | Myron Levin
    What are the odds? In 2009, Congress passed landmark legislation directing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, aiming to cut the toll from the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Three times since, however, cigarette and e-cigarette companies have filed successful legal challenges to thwart rules intended to make their products less appealing to consumers–and less accessible to kids. The three cases, which, among other things, have blocked graphic cigarette warning labels and delayed regulation of e-cigarettes for at least a few years, were decided in favor of industry plaintiffs by the same federal judge, Richard...
  • Pharmaceuticals decry FDA's social media rules

    09/24/2014 5:12:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Pharmaceutical companies say the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new social media rules would have a "chilling" effect on the industry and leave consumers in the dark.The FDA in June released draft guidelines for how drug firms should use social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But pharmaceutical companies are concerned the FDA would hold them responsible for misinformation about their products posted online by third parties that the companies have little to no control over. They say the rules would discourage them from interacting on social networks, leaving consumers without useful information about their products."Given the extraordinary growth of the...
  • Senate Bill Passes To End FDA Stranglehold On Sunscreen Innovation

    09/19/2014 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jonah Bennett
    Without any objection, the Senate has passed a bill forcing the FDA to speed up the approval process for sunscreen technology, HAPPI reports.Sunscreen technology has stagnated in the United States since the 1990s, not because companies have failed to innovate, but because the Food and Drug Administration has been sitting on proposals submitted 12 years ago without even reviewing them.The proposals include new sunscreen ingredients, and since the FDA has dropped the ball, the Senate has picked it up with the passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act on Wednesday night.Rates of melanoma have skyrocketed in the last 40 years, giving...
  • Then they came for the Roquefort

    09/09/2014 8:33:05 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 09/09/2014 | Kemberlee Kaye
    According to The Week, the FDA is out to regulate away our freedom to partake in French cheese: New FDA restrictions on the levels of harmless bacteria found in imported cheese have effectively banned a number of artisan French cheeses, including Roquefort, Morbier, and Tomme de Savoie. The restricted bacteria already exist in the human stomach, and the banned cheeses have not changed their recipes for years. While the restriction is already affecting imports, domestic cheese producers are under the FDA gun, too. Raw milk cheesemakers may be put out of business over a change they say is capricious at...
  • FDA Tightens Hydrocodone Regulations To Curb Drug Abuse

    09/05/2014 10:22:03 PM PDT · by JCG · 94 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ashley Helms
    Stricter rules for the country's most commonly prescribed painkiller were rolled out on Thursday by the FDA, the last step in a policy change that has been coming down the pipeline for years, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Hydrocodone will now be in a more serious and restrictive category. Doctors will be barred from calling in prescriptions by telephone, and patients will not be able to get refills on the same prescription, but will have to return to a physician for a new one. It will also have be to kept in special vaults in pharmacies. The Drug...
  • Depression, Chemicals, And Drugs

    08/20/2014 8:50:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/20/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The recent death of Robin Williams has put a spotlight on the matters of depression, how it’s treated, and the role of prescribed and illicit drugs. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression is a serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression has a variety of symptoms, but the most common are a deep feeling of sadness or a marked loss of interest or pleasure in activities.” Three primary types are identified: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (clinical depression), and persistent depressive disorder. The Association details typical symptoms… Changes...
  • Kick Washington Out of Your Life

    08/18/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 14 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | June 21st, 2014 | JR Crooks
    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grades our drinking water a D in their annual report card. Local systems leak an estimated 7 billion gallons of water daily. And more than 850 billion gallons of sewage escape into surface water annually.And I wouldn’t rely too heavily on our electric grid.ASCE gives that a D+ due to outages and disturbances that cost up to $180 billion in annual economic activity. The electric grid is at risk of cascading failures until energy production becomes decentralized.These risks are growing by the day. The government that is supposed to be protecting and serving...
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • The selling of a disease

    08/12/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/12/14 | Patrick D Hahn
    “MY SPIRIT IS BROKEN” Will the New Statin Guidelines Do More Harm Than Good? Part 1: A $29-billion-dollar-a-year industryWhen he was nearing the end of his career, Henry Gadsden, then-CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, gave an interview to Fortune magazine in which he said that he regretted that he couldn’t sell drugs to healthy people. He said his dream was to be able to peddle his company’s wares to everybody, like chewing gum giant Wrigley’s. Mr. Gadsden’s dream soon began to come true. A few years earlier, Japanese biochemist Doctor Akira Endo surmised that a compound that could inhibit the...
  • What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

    08/08/2014 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between...
  • Health Dept Tells Church Trying To Feed The Needy: Not So Fast

    08/01/2014 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:37 PM 07/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    A Methodist church in West Virginia was stymied in its efforts to help the needy last week when the county health department told them their plan violated state health codes. The parishioners at First United Methodist Church had decided to install a large refrigerator outside their building that those in need could access at any time. Anticipating concerns about food safety, they planned to stock it with only prepackaged food, and built a cage around it to prevent small children from climbing inside. “We just wanted a way for more people to have access to food, along with some privacy...
  • A Crime No Man Can Commit:

    07/16/2014 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Given the link between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birth defects, should expectant mothers who drink be arrested for assault? If not, it is hard to see why Mallory Loyola is in jail. Loyola, who was arrested last week after giving birth to a baby girl who tested positive for amphetamine, is the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes drug consumption by pregnant women. The law, ostensibly aimed at protecting children, is really about punishing what its chief sponsor described as "the worst of the worst": women who not only use arbitrarily proscribed intoxicants...
  • The FDA Is Now Policing Facebook Likes

    07/10/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is protecting consumer rights in a bold new way–by policing companies’ Facebook pages.Zarbee’s Naturals, a producer of “safe and effective natural [cough] remedies” for children, was sent a warning letter by the FDA for liking comments on its Facebook page implying that its products “are intended for use as drugs.”Zarbee’s products were designed specifically for children too young for FDA-approved medications and have not been reviewed by the FDA. Happy customers posted their approval on the company’s Facebook page, saying things like “Love Zarbee’s this is the only medicine we use for our 2...
  • State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

    06/27/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 6-27-2014 | Alex DeMarban
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen’s group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site. “The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it,” said a statement released by state health and environmental officials. The FDA review was based on a sampling plan developed by the departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services,...