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  • Nationwide drug shortage problem increasing

    03/10/2012 10:46:01 AM PST · by aimhigh · 18 replies
    WNEM.com ^ | 03/10/2012 | CNN/WCBS
    A nationwide drug shortage that's dogging the food and drug administration is hitting home with first responders. For emergency medical technicians, shortages can mean the difference between life and death. Nationwide, anti-seizure drugs including intravenous Valium, Versed, and Ativan are among the dozens of drugs - including cancer treatments - that are in short supply.
  • North Carolina abortion clinic shut down by state as ‘imminent danger’ to public health

    05/15/2013 7:32:01 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 5-14-2013 | by Kirsten Andersen
    CHARLOTTE, NC, May 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – A Charlotte, North Carolina abortion clinic has been shut down following an investigation that revealed abortionists were incorrectly administering abortion drugs to their clients. Workers at the “A Preferred Women’s Health Center” were found to have given injectable methotrexate orally to abortion-seeking women, in violation of FDA and manufacturer guidelines.
  • Is The FDA's Caution Hazardous To Our Health?

    05/14/2013 2:19:17 PM PDT · by oxcart · 1 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/14/13 | NPR Staff
    When it comes to approving new medical treatments, the Food and Drug Administration is balancing the need for patient safety against the urgency of making important new treatments available as quickly as possible. Some argue the FDA sets the bar too high, requiring a process that takes too much time and money to carry out. They say that can leave patients waiting longer than necessary for promising treatments or lead to drugs not being developed at all. But others counter that letting drugs on the market before it's known whether they truly help or hurt patients is a serious risk....
  • Mountain Dew spill forces major traffic backups on I-70

    05/09/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 17 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 5/9/2013 | uncredited
    Traffic remains backed up for miles on Interstate 70 in Washington County after a tractor-trailer carrying Mountain Dew jackknifed Thursday morning. [snip]
  • Wrigley halts production of caffeine gum following FDA concern

    05/09/2013 6:07:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 8, 2013 10:33pm EDT | Sakthi Prasad and Martinne Geller
    Wrigley temporarily halted production of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum in response to concerns expressed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the impact of caffeine on children and adolescents. The company said it had paused the production, sale and marketing of Alert to give the FDA time to develop a new regulatory framework for the addition of caffeine to food and drinks. The recently launched gum has about 40 milligrams of caffeine, as much as a half a cup of coffee, in each piece. …
  • May 25 - March Against Monsanto

    05/06/2013 10:04:36 AM PDT · by freeB · 77 replies
    This is a Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it's enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto's products. We urge you to help organize and attend the closest March Against Monsanto taking place on Saturday, May...
  • Plan B is a Big Deal

    05/04/2013 5:57:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | Jedediah Bila
    This week, the FDA ruled to allow girls fifteen and up to buy Plan B emergency contraception without a prescription. Plan B One-Step is a 1.5 mg levonorgestrel, a progestin-only pregnancy prevention pill advised to be taken orally as quickly as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is not an abortion pill; it will not terminate an existing pregnancy. According to prescribing information, "The most common adverse reactions (=10%) in clinical trials included heavier menstrual bleeding (31%), nausea (14%), lower abdominal pain (13%), fatigue (13%), headache (10%), and dizziness (10%)." Other significant information: "Up to 10% of pregnancies...
  • Stick ‘em up, I’m having this smoke.

    05/03/2013 8:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | May 2, 2013 | Leslie Deinhammer
    Where are today’s rebels?  Where is the counterculture? Ear-budded hipsters, with their sheep-like devotion to Apple products and the Obama administration, sit in on the April 20 “Day of Pot” in Denver, content and satisfied with their free birth control and legalized maryjane.  Meanwhile SWAT teams descend on Watertown, Massachusetts, trampling Fourth Amendment rights in search of a “person of interest”– while a Saudi National is quietly sent back to his homeland.These hipsters champion the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado while the war on Big Tobacco rages on.  Since 1997 the FDA inherited control over the $365.5 billion global...
  • The Coercive Freedom of Choice

    05/03/2013 5:31:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | May 3, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    We are becoming a society in which “choice” and self-defined identities trump once-common values and traditional beliefs. But contrary to the rhetoric of its defenders, this shift is not a simple advance for freedom. The privileging of “choice” above all else in fact requires re-engineering the human person and society as a whole, and this will inevitably involve a great deal of coercion. This shift, if it didn’t begin with Roe v. Wade, could be said to have been dramatically accelerated by it. Despite continuing opposition by over 50 percent of the American people, abortion is now universally available, in...
  • FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15 and up

    04/30/2013 4:11:58 PM PDT · by jobim · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2013 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it - an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
  • Portable detector shines light on fake drugs

    04/30/2013 11:15:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 25 April 2013 | Phillip Broadwith
    A handheld, battery-powered detector will help officials identify counterfeit antimalarial drugs in a trial in Ghana. The trial will test how effective the device is at identifying suspect medicines. The CD-3 detector compares the look of medicines and packaging under different wavelengths of light to spot fakes © US FDAThe CD-3 counterfeit detection device(PDF) uses a variety of different wavelengths of light to visually compare tablets, capsules and their packaging with genuine reference samples. The different colourings and compounds in counterfeit formulations, and different inks and materials in their packaging, reflect or fluoresce differently to the real thing. Comparing them...
  • French Mimolette: The Hardest Cheese to Get Your Hands On(FDA bullies)

    04/17/2013 12:57:13 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/16/13 | Beth Greenfield
    An FDA crackdown on the import of the French cheese mimolette has foodies crying foul. “Isigny was alerted by importers that the cheese was being put on “FDA hold,” meaning it could not be moved from its arrival warehouse until further inspection. After that, he said, the cheese received the more damning label of “detained,” meaning it could not be sold in the U.S. The reason given was that the inspectors found cheese mites in the rind, which can cause allergies, and which made the product “adulterated,” and consists of a “decomposed substance otherwise unfit for food.” (Mites, related to...
  • Fearing abuse, FDA blocks generic OxyContin

    04/16/2013 9:31:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2013 7:25 PM EDT | Matthew Perrone
    Federal health regulators will require generic versions of the best-selling painkiller OxyContin to include recent formulation changes designed to make the pill harder to abuse. The Food and Drug Administration said late Tuesday it would not approve any generic versions of OxyContin based on the original formulation because it “poses an increased potential for certain types of abuse.” … OxyContin has long been one the nation’s top-selling prescription painkillers with sales of more than $2.8 billion last year, according to prescription tracker IMS Health. A time-release version of the narcotic oxycodone, the pill was hailed as a breakthrough treatment for...
  • Could Dairy Industry Sneak Aspartame Into Your Milk?

    04/11/2013 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 3:15 pm ET April 11, 2013
    The FDA is considering a plan that would allow the dairy industry to add the sweetener aspartame to milk without having to label it. The plan is coming under fire from some farmers and some consumer groups. …
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup: Some Scary Facts to Consider Before You Gulp Down Soda

    03/29/2013 7:49:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 72 replies
    sugarshockblog.com ^ | Connie Bennett
    Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005? So reports the USDA Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption report. Are you one of millions, who, according to the USDA report, consume one-quarter of your calories from added sugars, most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup, as mercola.com pointed out? Meanwhile, have you heard about the a recent study, which reveals that a diet...
  • US to revise cigarette warning labels

    03/27/2013 9:13:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 19, 2013 | Associated Press
    The U.S. government won't appeal a court decision blocking it from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Food and Drug Administration will go back to the drawing board and propose new labels.
  • Dems Join GOPers in Opposing Expansion of Obamacare’s Food Labeling Mandate

    03/26/2013 6:09:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In a bipartisan bill opposing an expansion of food labeling requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 10 Republicans and four Democrats have signed onto legislation to restrict the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to include regulation of convenient stores and take-out food outlets.The bill’s sponsors cited Section 4205 of the healthcare law, or Obamacare, that is entitled “Nutritional Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants.” The regulation requires restaurants with more than 20 establishments to provide nutritional information about its offerings.The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), called the requirements “unworkable” for places...
  • Cigars expected to be targeted by FDA regulation

    03/24/2013 6:06:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/23/13 | Brady Dennis
    Nearly four years after it began regulating cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is poised to extend its reach to a broader range of tobacco products. At the top of that list: cigars, which have experienced a boom in recent years even as cigarette sales have declined, in part because of growing popularity among young people. Anti-tobacco advocates and industry representatives widely expect the agency to require changes in the marketing and manufacturing of cigars. But the central question remains: What kind of cigars will the FDA target, and how? On one end of the spectrum are the hand-rolled Cohibas...
  • 25,000 U.S. Deaths Linked to Sugary Drinks

    03/20/2013 5:50:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies
    25,000 U.S. Deaths Linked to Sugary Drinks ABC NewsBy Katie Moisse | ABC News – 8 hours ago In a study that's sure to shake up the soda ban debate, Harvard researchers have linked the sugary drinks to 180,000 deaths a year worldwide, 25,000 in the United States alone. "We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity, and that a large number of deaths are caused by obesity-related diseases. But until now, nobody had really put these pieces together," said Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and lead author of...
  • FDA head says menu labeling 'thorny' issue

    03/12/2013 9:11:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2013 | Associated Press
    Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines. Writing a new menu labeling law "has gotten extremely thorny," says the head of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it. The 2010 health care law charged the FDA with requiring restaurants and other establishments that serve food to put calorie counts on menus and in vending machines.
  • Should You Mix Those Two Drugs? Ask Dr. Google

    03/06/2013 6:32:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 6 March 2013 | Sean Treacy
    Enlarge Image A risky mix? Data mining of search engine terms can reveal clues to what drug combinations cause side effects. Credit: ParentingPatch/Creative Commons Analyzing queries made to Google, Bing, and other search engines can reveal the potentially dangerous consequences of mixing prescriptions before they are known to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study. Such data mining could even expose medical risks that slip through clinical trials undetected. Pharmaceuticals often have side effects that go unnoticed until they're already available to the public. This is especially true of side effects that emerge when two...
  • Stem cells in Texas: Cowboy culture

    02/14/2013 4:01:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2013 | David Cyranoski
    By offering unproven therapies, a Texas biotechnology firm has sparked a bitter debate about how stem cells should be regulated. Ann McFarlane is losing faith. In the first half of 2012, the Houston resident received four infusions of adult stem cells grown from her own fat. McFarlane has multiple sclerosis (MS), and had heard that others with the inflammatory disease had experienced improvements in mobility and balance after treatment. The infusions — which have cost her about US$32,000 so far — didn't help, but she knew that there were no guarantees. It is McFarlane's experience with Celltex Therapeutics, the company...
  • Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food labeling rule under ObamaCare

    02/06/2013 7:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/6/13 | Shannon Bream
    If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone. (Snip) The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets
  • Healthier schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    02/02/2013 2:20:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 5:24 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas. The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead. Lunchrooms that now sell fatty “ŕ la carte” items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to switch to healthier pizzas, low-fat...
  • Pfizer disputes suit claiming Zoloft doesn't work

    01/31/2013 6:11:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Niami Herald ^ | 01.31.13 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    AP BUSINESS WRITER TRENTON, N.J. -- The maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs. --snip-- He said Pfizer produced two studies showing Zoloft worked better than placebo - the FDA's requirement for approval - but most Zoloft studies showed its effect was the same as a placebo. Dr. Michael Thase, who heads the mood and anxiety disorders program at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, said research by others using the same unpublished...
  • Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

    01/31/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Be sure to wash those foods or cook them thoroughly... About 1 in 5 illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables — more than any other type of food. And nearly half of all food poisonings were attributed to produce in general, when illnesses from other fruits and vegetables were added in... Many of the vegetable-related illnesses come from norovirus, which is often spread by cooks and food handlers. So contamination sometimes has more to do with the kitchen or restaurant it came from then the food itself...
  • FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity

    01/26/2013 8:47:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Palermo (BusinessNewsDaily)
    Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy. The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers' goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might...
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • After Mike Bloomberg´s rule for hospitals, FDA panel votes to restrict use of painkillers

    01/25/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Joel Gehrke ^ | 1/25/13 | Washington Examiner
    Federal Drug Administration advisers voted today to restrict access to certain kinds of prescription drugs in an effort to fight drug abuse. The vote had experts divided over the risk of drug abuse as weighed against the risk of increased pain or difficulty for patients on the medication. “It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes,” Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said per Health Day News ahead of the vote. The FDA rule change is designed to implement
  • FDA begins implementing sweeping food-safety law

    01/04/2013 7:45:19 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2013 | Brady Dennis
    The Obama administration moved ahead Friday with the first major overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system in more than 70 years, proposing tough new standards for fruit and vegetable producers and food manufacturers. The long-awaited proposals by the Food and Drug Administration are part of a fundamental change aimed at preventing food-borne outbreaks — caused by everything from leafy greens to canteloupes to peanut butter — rather than simply reacting to them. Every year, contaminated foods sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and kill 3,000.
  • My Two Sons

    12/30/2012 9:19:31 AM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Change.org | Jennifer McNary
    FRiends -Both of my sons have the same debilitating disease  -- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy -- that's kept them dependent on wheelchairs to get around. But now only one of my sons has access to a "miracle drug" that is saving his life.Max was fortunate enough to take part in a study of a breakthrough medication, and now he can walk on his own for longer than he ever could. But Austin wasn't as lucky. Without access to this miracle drug, I watch Austin suffer silently as his brother thrives. The FDA has the power to make this drug available to kids...
  • Panel rejects experimental chronic fatigue syndrome drug

    12/23/2012 9:17:26 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Nature ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heidi Ledford
    A drug for chronic fatigue syndrome that spent decades in clinical development and won fervent patient support has been turned down for approval by a committee of advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who voted 9–4 against it. The drug, named Ampligen (rintatolimod), has not been shown to be effective or safe, the committee determined on 20 December. “Key deficiencies included inadequate evidence of effectiveness or safety, inadequacy of drug–drug interaction studies, lack of carcinogenicity assessment, lack of anti-drug antibody determination, and inadequate analytical methods and drug product specifications,” the agency wrote in one of several sections...
  • Future of genetically-modified salmon in doubt

    12/04/2012 7:52:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | AP
    Salmon that has been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on American dinner plates. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat. --snip-- Using gene-manipulating technology, Aquabounty adds a growth hormone to the Atlantic salmon from another type of salmon called the Chinook. The process, company executives say, causes its salmon to reach maturity in about two years, compared with three to four years for a conventional salmon. Aquabounty executives say if their fish are approved for commercial sale, there are several safeguards designed to prevent the fish from...
  • FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

    11/18/2012 8:40:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    KARN News Radio ^ | November 18, 2012 | ABC News Radio
    (WASHINGTON) -- A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor that the vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Quebec, was in compliance with licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations, reports MedPage Today. H5N1 currently does not spread as easily among humans as it does among domestic foul, but flu experts have feared it could mutate and potentially lead to a pandemic. In infected humans, the virus is...
  • Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion'

    11/15/2012 9:23:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/14/12 | Adam Clark Estes | The Atlantic Wire
    You know those little vials of who-knows-what that TV bills as a healthier alternative to energy drinks. Turns out they might make you die. Or to be more specific, the flavored energy shot "has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion," according to a New York Times investigation. ... Don't worry, 5-Hour Energy fans, Monster Energy drink is a culprit, too. Following a review of FDA records, The Times found that 5-Hour Energy was implicated in at...
  • Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk

    09/26/2012 8:16:04 AM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | September 25, 2012 | Sean Poulter
    Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage. Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university. The decision by Russia could be followed by other nations in what would be a severe blow to the take-up of the controversial technology.Historically, biotech companies have proved the safety of GM crops based on trials involving feeding rats for a period of 90 days. However, experts at the University of Caen conducted an...
  • Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study

    09/19/2012 5:31:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 123 replies
    The Grocer UK ^ | Septembe 19, 2012 | Elinor Zuke
    The world’s best-selling weedkiller, and a genetically modified maize resistant to it, can cause tumours, multiple organ damage and lead to premature death, new research published today reveals. In the first ever study to examine the long-term effects of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, or the NK603 Roundup-resistant GM maize also developed by Monsanto, scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts, developed mammary tumours and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females, compared with 23 and 14 months respectively for a control group.“This research shows an extraordinary number of...
  • Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate

    09/08/2012 3:00:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 07 Sep 2012 | Malcolm Curtis
    Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sam’s intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it. “The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly,” Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal. The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland. The move is part of the implementation of America’s Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last...
  • 2 consenting adults and a cow ... Farmer's raw deal over raw milk scheduled for trial

    09/02/2012 4:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A trial that has become a symbol, in Wisconsin and across the U.S., of government criminalization of farmers for providing food directly to consumers has been rescheduled for January. But the delay from the previously scheduled September court date is expected to focus even more attention on the dispute that has dragged Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger to the court’s defendant’s table in the Sauk County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Guy Reynolds. The state’s case against the Loganville farmer has him accused of four misdemeanor counts of violating Wisconsin’s food and dairy code. Officials with the Farm to...
  • NIH superbug outbreak highlights lack of new antibiotics

    08/25/2012 10:31:56 PM PDT · by null and void · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24 | Brian Vastag
    As doctors battled a deadly, drug-resistant superbug at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center last year, they turned to an antibiotic of last resort. But colistin, is not a fancy new creation of modern biotechnology. It was discovered in a beaker of fermenting bacteria in Japan — in 1949. That doctors have resorted to such an old, dangerous drug — colistin causes kidney damage — highlights the lack of new antibiotics coming out of the pharmaceutical pipeline ... Experts point to three reasons pharmaceutical companies have pulled back from antibiotics ... There is not much money in it; inventing...
  • US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

    08/25/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Shaun Tandon (AFP)
    A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs including a man smoking through a hole in his throat and a body with chest staples on an autopsy table. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that the images planned on cigarette packs were not necessarily false but they went beyond "pure attempts to...
  • The Media’s War on Business – and Science – Gets Personal

    08/15/2012 4:25:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | Lisa De Pasquale
    For several years the hysterical, ratings-seeking media has waged a war on businesses that use bisphenol A (also known as BPA), a chemical found in water bottles, canned foods and even thermal cash-register tape. The media has succeeded in ignoring the science and instead stoked the public’s irrational fears by simply proving that traces of BPA can be found in your food. However, numerous studies by the FDA, CDC, World Health Organization, and European Food Safety Authority have found that BPA is easily and quickly metabolized, with no discernible human harm ever being identified. With feigned outrage, the hysterical media...
  • New Approach of Resistant Tuberculosis (not exactly)

    08/10/2012 10:36:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 10, 2012 | NA
    Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine have breathed new life into a forgotten technique and so succeeded in detecting resistant tuberculosis in circumstances where so far this was hardly feasible. Tuberculosis bacilli that have become resistant against our major antibiotics are a serious threat to world health. If we do not take efficient and fast action, 'multiresistant tuberculosis' may become a worldwide epidemic, wiping out all medical achievements of the last decades. A century ago tuberculosis was a lugubrious word, more terrifying than 'cancer' is today. And rightly so. Over the nineteenth and twentieth century it took a...
  • Foodborne Illness - FDA Releases Safety Booklets

    08/04/2012 11:14:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | August 3, 2012 | Kelly Fitzgerald
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have partnered in creating six food safety booklets for different groups that are most susceptible to food borne illness. These pamphlets target adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or cancer in an effort to reduce their risk for foodborne illnesses. These booklets contain much needed information for consumers who have an increased chance of becoming sick from the food they eat. The goal is to present clear and understandable information on how to confidently and safely prepare...
  • FDA’s claims over stem cells upheld

    07/30/2012 11:17:45 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 5 replies
    Nature ^ | 27 July 2012 | David Cyranoski
    A court decision on 23 July could help to tame the largely unregulated field of adult stem-cell treatments. The US District Court in Washington DC affirmed the right of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate therapies made from a patient’s own processed stem cells. The case hinged on whether the court agreed with the FDA that such stem cells are drugs. The judge concurred, upholding an injunction brought by the FDA against Regenerative Sciences, based in Broomfield, Colorado...
  • Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists

    07/16/2012 8:43:16 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-14-2012 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show. What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agency’s medical review process, according to the cache of more than 80,000 pages of...
  • GMO labeling measure receives prop number for November ballot

    07/14/2012 11:38:44 PM PDT · by quimby · 13 replies
    examiner.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Judson Parker
    California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will be on November’s ballot as Proposition 37, according to proposition numbers released late yesterday by the California Secretary of State’s office. The Right to Know measure calls for labeling genetically engineered foods and, if passed, would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods. “Prop 37 is about our fundamental right to know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children,” said Stacy Malkan, a spokesperson for the California Right to Know campaign. “Given the broad support in the...
  • Calling All Red-Blooded, Cigar Burning Patriots!

    07/05/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 13 replies
    Cigars International ^ | 7-5-12 | C.I.
    We're making great progress, but there's still much work to be done. So if you've contacted your elected official, thank you, but please continue to make your voice heard. And if you haven't, we greatly need your help to protect the future of premium handmade cigars. It's easy to sit back and imagine that this problem will fix itself, or that enough others will act and your single support is unnecessary. But the truth is, this battle is far from over. The threats are real and the potential outcome is frightening. Cigars, premium cigars, the which you regularly enjoy are...
  • GMOs should be safety tested before they hit the market says AMA

    06/25/2012 6:37:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 19, 2012 | Monica Eng
    The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA's meeting in Chicago Tuesday. Currently biotech companies are simply encouraged to engage in a voluntary safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market. Some activists concerned about foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, had hoped the association would have gone so far as to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. But some still view the policy change as a major breakthrough....On Tuesday, however, Monsanto spokesman...
  • FDA Approves Lyrica for Nerve Pain in Spinal Cord Injuries

    06/21/2012 1:57:33 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 21, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Pfizer Inc.'s drug Lyrica has gotten FDA approval for use in treating nerve pain due to spinal injuries. Lyrica, a pain drug, is Pfizer's second-biggest selling drug. It is expected that this new approval will help Lyrica pass Lipitor, the company's largest-selling drug for reducing cholesterol.