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  • Many New Drugs Did Not Have Comparative Effectiveness Information Available at Time of FDA Approval

    05/04/2011 6:45:44 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 12 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 03, 2011 | Science Daily Staff
    Only about half of new drugs approved in the last decade had comparative effectiveness data available at the time of their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and approximately two-thirds of new drugs had this information available when alternative treatment options existed, according to a study in the May 4 issue of JAMA.
  • Amish Milk: The Latest Target of the Obama Regulatory State

    05/01/2011 11:36:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation Blog) ^ | April 30, 2011 | The Heritage Foundation
    Milk might do a body good, but if it’s unpasteurized milk sold by an Amish farmer across state lines, it’s a whole other story… or at least according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Washington Times reports: A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.The product in question: unpasteurized milk.It’s a battle that’s been going on...
  • Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally

    A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area. The product in question: unpasteurized milk. Its a battle thats been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as its also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such...
  • Feds Take Down Amish Farmer... Over Milk

    04/29/2011 8:46:52 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 47 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/29/11 | Aurelius
    Our government at work. A year-long sting operation came to an end this week. In that time, the government used fake names and surprise inspections all to nab the people at Rainbow Acres Farm in the D.C. area. The reason: they were selling milk. Unpasteurized milk, to be exact. Asked for comment, the government released this statement: It is the FDAs position that raw milk should never be consumed. Therefore, the Amish farmers at Rainbow Acres had to be brought down. Asked for comment, one Washington resident stated, I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the...
  • E-cigarettes will get FDA oversight as tobacco products

    04/26/2011 3:10:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25, 2011 | Melissa Healy
    The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it will act to ensure the government's right to impose marketing, manufacturing and safety restrictions on "electronic cigarettes," a nicotine delivery device widely billed as an alternative to cigarettes for those trying to quit and for smokers who can't light up. In a letter posted to the FDA's website Monday, Dr. Lawrence R. Deyton, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said the agency will act to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. To shore up its authority to do so, the agency will propose new regulatory language that would specifically define...
  • US to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco

    04/25/2011 11:46:02 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/26/2011
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision which said that electronic cigarettes are not drugs or devices unless they are marketed for therapeutic purposes. In 2009, the FDA was given the authority to regulate tobacco products that are not drugs or devices. Electronic cigarettes, marketed under names such as NJOY, mimic the act of smoking and include nicotine, but do not emit the same type of odour or ash. In December, three judges from the appellate court ruled that the FDA could regulate the products as...
  • Small Businesses Fret Over Food-Safety Rules

    04/22/2011 1:17:29 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/22/2011 | STEPHANIE GLEASON
    When Congress revamped food-safety laws last year, small farmers and food producers won a victory when they were excluded from many of the new rules. Now, as the Food and Drug Administration implements the new Food Safety Modernization Act, the small businesses are hoping they aren't snagged by the new rules anyway. The legislation, which updates 100-year-old food-safety regulations, does not apply to meat, eggs or dairy products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Despite the exemption, it's still unclear how small food producers will be affected, said Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for...
  • Obama Health Bill Sends "Yankees" Peanut Factory Packing (FDA regs required $40 M factory update)

    04/21/2011 6:18:45 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies ^ | 4/21/2011 | Garth Johnston
    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that President Obama signed into law this year didn't just bring us a fancy new FDA recall page. It also is sending the 125-year-old A.L. Bazzini Co., which makes the official peanut of Yankee Stadium, out of New York and into the loving embrace of Pennsylvania. The firm, which moved from TriBeCa to Hunts Point in 1997, says the new regulations would require them to perform a $40-million-dollar update to their production facility. And since they have this "state of the art" plant in Allentown (thanks to their recent purchase of the chocolate company...
  • Rx Drug Shortages Hit All-Time High

    04/20/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by bvw · 87 replies · 1+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | March 28, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    WASHINGTON -- The number of prescription drugs in short supply has more than tripled since 2005 and shortages are now more frequent than ever, [] Premier Healthcare Alliance -- a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals -- surveyed 311 pharmacy experts at hospitals and other facilities, such as surgery centers and long-term care facilities, about shortages during a six month period in 2010. The survey found that 89% had experienced shortages that may have caused a medication safety issue or error in patient care. Eight out of 10 times a shortage occurred, the patient's care was delayed...
  • Senator urges FDA to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes

    04/20/2011 6:19:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2011 | Josiah Ryan
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes. In a letter addressed Monday to the FDA, Blumenthal said the agency should ban menthol cigarettes because they encourage young people to smoke. The dangers of menthol tobacco products in general, and to our youth in particular, are highly concerning, and provide abundant grounds for FDA to develop a plan that will result in the removal of menthol from tobacco products to protect public health, Blumenthal wrote in the letter, addressed to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Blumenthal is seeking a ban identical to...
  • Obama tries to obstruct executions

    04/17/2011 6:33:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/17/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Obama well may have begun another undeclared war - this time on states that try to enforce their own death penalty laws - on the dubious grounds that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved drugs intended to kill convicted killers. On March 15, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental, the first drug given under the three-drug lethal injection protocol used in most of the country's 34 death-penalty states. The DEA also asked Kentucky and Tennessee for their sodium thiopental to aid its investigation. Why? The DEA referred me to the Department of Justice,...
  • Free Speech in Health Science May Become a Reality (Proposed law to curb FDA limits on speech)

    04/06/2011 12:59:50 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 4 replies
    Today, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Please tell Congress how important this bill is!As we reported last week, a new bill in Congress promises to revolutionize the way Americans get access to scientific research on the health benefits of foods and supplements. The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364, would change FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies can be referenced without changing the foods regulatory category to an unapproved drug. This will protect access to scientific information, and will...
  • FDA Headbangs With Condoms, Not Cigs

    03/28/2011 8:00:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 28, 2011 | Katie Kieffer
    If young people have casual sex, theyre rock stars, as long as they use condoms. If they casually smoke cigarettes, theyre borderline criminals. According to the FDA, that is. The FDA takes a hypocritical and overly invasive stance on two adult products: Condoms and cigarettes. The FDAs inconsistent and excessive regulation of these adult products hurts free enterprise and represents an inappropriate extension of government in our daily lives. This month, The Associated Press reported that condom maker Graphic Armor Inc. is releasing the first line of FDA-compliant condoms with full-color advertising graphics directly on the latex. The graphics will...
  • The FDAs Genetic Paternalism - Stifling research, costing Americans more, and sending them into...

    03/25/2011 1:47:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 23, 2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    The FDA's Genetic PaternalismStifling research, costing Americans more, and sending them into the black market — some likely consequences of overregulation Ever wonder why your hair is the color it is, where your remote ancestors resided, or whether you carry genes for diseases that could affect you or your children? As of today, it’s not possible to know all of that with certainty — not even close. But you can get a few answers by sending a saliva sample to a private company and paying it to analyze your DNA. Even better, as new research becomes available, you can check...
  • CBS Touts FDA Taking On 'Caloric Catastrophe' of Movie Theater Popcorn

    03/24/2011 3:18:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/24/11 | Kyle Drennen
    In a report for Thursday's CBS Early Show, contributor Taryn Winter Brill fretted over the impact of movie theater popcorn on Americans' waistlines: "Have you ever wondered how many calories you're actually consuming in that large popcorn with butter? You probably don't want to know. Pretty soon, though, you may not have a choice." Moments later, nutritionist Katherine Brooking declared the popular concession treat to be "a calorie bomb waiting to explode." Brill then touted a government solution to the problem: "Hoping to defuse this high caloric catastrophe, the FDA is working on a provision in the health care law...
  • How the FDA Turned a $10 Treatment into a $30,000-Per-Pregnancy Pharmaceutical Money-Maker

    03/23/2011 7:02:48 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 45 replies
    ANH ^ | March 20, 2011
    When a new FDA drug-and-money scandal has doctors, US senators, and even the March of Dimes in an uproar, you know its bad. A drug which the FDA approved more than half a century agowhich doctors have been prescribing for their patients with high-risk pregnancies through compounding pharmacies with great successwas designated by the FDA an orphan drug. Now KV Pharmaceutical has been given the exclusive right of production and sale (not to mention drug trial tax breaks!). They immediately raised the price from $10 per dose to $1,500simply because they could. The drug is a synthetic form of progesterone...
  • How to Speed Up the Drug Approval Process

    03/19/2011 6:02:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 19, 2011 | Horace Cooper
    America can’t afford to have a health care system where it is acceptable to let people suffer or die due to delay in receipt of drugs. Unless you are an asthma sufferer, you probably didn’t see the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent announcement that beginning next year it will ban the sale of Primatene Mist, the only over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold in the United States.Do new tests show that the drug is harmful or that there are unanticipated side effects? No. In fact, Primatene Mist has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for temporary asthma symptoms....
  • [Posted March 17, 2011] Environment Trumps Health As FDA Ends Sales of Only OTC Asthma Inhaler in U.

    03/18/2011 11:41:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/17/11 | Susan Jones
    ( - The only over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold in the United States soon will be banned from store shelves because of environmental concerns, and replacement medications may cost more, the U.S. Food and Drug administration acknowledged. The FDA announced on Wednesday that Primatene Mist (epinephrine) will be discontinued by the end of the year, as part of an international agreement to phase out chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting substances. Primatene Mist, approved by the FDA for the temporary relief of occasional symptoms of mild asthma, uses chlorofluorocarbons as a propellant.
  • US takes over three Tylenol plants

    03/10/2011 5:30:40 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 57 replies ^ | March 10, 2011 | Parja Kavilanz
    Excerpt only website: The government is taking over three Tylenol plants following a blizzard of drug recalls and a Food and Drug Administration criminal investigation into safety issues at the factories. The FDA and the Justice Department on Thursday took action against McNeil PPC and two of its executives -- its vice president of quality and its vice president of operations for over-the-counter products -- for failing to comply with federally-mandated manufacturing practice. McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, Fortune 500), said it had agreed to put its plants -- one in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, one in...
  • DA Orders Prescription Cold, Allergy Medicines Off the Market

    03/02/2011 6:48:03 PM PST · by wastedyears · 14 replies
    AOL ^ | March 2, 2011 | Marrecca Fiore
  • EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride

    02/28/2011 6:18:08 PM PST · by DBCJR · 214 replies ^ | February 22, 2011 | By Deirdre Imus
    For decades, fluoride has been marketed and heralded as essential for good dental hygiene and used in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. In addition, parents have been routinely encouraged to give their kids cavity-fighting fluoride treatments when they visit the dentist. ... But that was then and this is now. In a surprising reversal, last month EPAs announced that it intends to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting the chemicals possible deleterious effects to childrens health. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences report that found dental fluorosis caused by too much...
  • The FDA and Slower Cures

    The bureaucratic assault on cancer treatments. The White House now claims it is so alarmed about declining private pharmaceutical research that the government must create a new multibillion-dollar R&D center. Perhaps it should consult the Food and Drug Administration, which thinks it is approving too many new drugs, especially for serious diseases like cancer. That's the message of this month's remarkable FDA hearing to grill six major drug makers on the alleged shortcomings of the "accelerated approval" process. Congress created this fast-track for promising drugs for unmet medical needs in 1992, but the FDA bureaucracy thinks it is too friendly...
  • And So Rationing Begins: ObamaCare vs. Breast Cancer Patients

    02/26/2011 6:13:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 2+ views ^ | February 26, 2011 | Garrett Murch
    Influenced by the presidents mandate to bend the health care cost curve, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to deny late-stage breast cancer patients access to the critical, but expensive, life-extending drug Avastin. The FDA wants to de-label the drug, a move that would force patients with insurance or Medicare coverage to pay for the drug out of their own pocket in order to survive. Now patients groups are speaking out. Led by the Susan B. Komen Foundation for a Cure, 15 patient advocacy groups have petitioned the FDA to reverse their effort to ration the drug. In...
  • FDA knew of problems at plant that made tainted alcohol wipes (But sent no warning letters)

    02/22/2011 6:50:59 AM PST · by Qbert · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/22/2011 | JoNel Aleccia
    The death of a 2-year-old Houston boy from a rare infection blamed on contaminated alcohol wipes may be only the first casualty tied to allegedly shoddy sterilization practices by a Wisconsin medical products firm. Since reported Feb. 15 about the death of Harrison Kothari , who was infected with the same type of rare bacteria that sparked the recall of tens of millions of pads and swabs, dozens of people have stepped forward to say they may have been sickened, too. At the same time, government documents obtained by showed that federal Food and Drug Administration inspectors knew...
  • Device Review Slowdown Across FDA Impacting Medical Device Jobs

    02/22/2011 5:40:03 AM PST · by Skeez · 3 replies ^ | 2/22/11 | Chris Taylor
    The California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have released a report highlighting the critical role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in todays biomedical research and innovation ecosystem, and the need for a strong, science-based agency and an efficient, consistent and transparent regulatory process. The report, , titled Competitiveness and Regulation: The FDA and the Future of Americas Biomedical Industry, has underlined that an increasingly unpredictable approval process at the FDA has negatively impacted public health, the economy, job creation, American competitiveness and innovation. This report represents the first study to quantify approval timelines...
  • Invisible Victims Of FDA Drug Policy

    02/09/2011 5:49:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | February 9, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Id call this quite the intellectual challenge. At what point do you stop testing and start distributing new drugs that will help people live healthier lives? Walter Williams points out an important issue influencing the drug approval process.People are physiologically unique, thats why some drugs may work very well for an individual while others do not. The side effects can be all over the place too. Common side effects for Lisinopril, a popular drug to treat high blood pressure, include cough, diarrhea, dizziness, headache and tiredness, but there are many other side effects that preclude the user from taking the...
  • FDA to test brain-controlled prosthetic arm

    02/08/2011 6:08:07 PM PST · by mandaladon · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8 Feb 2011 | Andrew Zajac
    WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration will evaluate brain-controlled prosthetic arms in a new program designed to bring innovative medical devices to market faster. The arm system, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, uses a microchip implanted in the brain to record and decode signals to neurons that control muscles linked to the prosthesis. The device is intended "to restore near-natural arm, hand and finger function to patients suffering from spinal cord injury, stroke or amputation," according to an FDA press release Tuesday morning. The prosthesis will serve as a pilot submission to the FDA's Innovation Pathway,...
  • Friday, the USDA quietly announced deregulation of Monsantos GMO sugarbeets

    02/07/2011 6:10:52 AM PST · by JustSurrounded · 38 replies
    Red, Green, & Blue ^ | February 6, 2011 | Jeremy Bloom
    The US Department of Agriculture continues its unprecedented give-away to big agriculture monster Monsanto and its Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds. On Friday, while the media was preoccupied with the Superbowl and Egypts rioting, the USDA quietly announced it was deregulating Monsantos GMO sugar beets despite a court order. This move comes just a week after the agency had gone back on its own plan to regulate GMO alfalfa to at least attempt to keep it from contaminating organic farms. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had been floating a plan to limit the area where the GMO crop could be...
  • NY bill would ban 'e-cigarettes' until FDA action

    01/28/2011 3:24:07 AM PST · by sf4dubya · 29 replies
    AP via WSJ ^ | JANUARY 25, 2011 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. New York lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make the state the first to ban electronic cigarettes, devices touted on the Internet in ads promising all the pleasures of smoking without the deadly health threat. Health officials say e-cigarettes are just another addictive habit, one that can hook kids early and legally on smoking. But advocates who have used the devices to quit or cut down smoking tobacco call the battery-operated smokes a miracle. "E-cigarettes are for some people a tool for enabling them to continue their nicotine addictions when they are someplace where they...
  • AP Enterprise: FDA helps states get execution drug (AZ, CA)

    01/12/2011 3:09:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 1/11/11 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    The Food and Drug Administration, which has long maintained that it has nothing to do with drugs used in executions, has quietly helped Arizona and California obtain a scarce type of anesthetic so the states could continue putting inmates to death. The shortage of sodium thiopental has disrupted executions around the country. But newly released documents show the FDA helped import it from Britain. Most state prison systems use sodium thiopental to put inmates to sleep before administering pancuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. But the drug has been in short supply since last...
  • Your Car: Powered Soon By Four Loko [recycling stuff into pure ethanol]

    01/07/2011 9:16:21 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 09:12 am January 7, 2011 | by Scott Hensley
    Coming to a gas pump near you. Even if you can't drink and drive, your car can. A Virginia company is taking in truckloads of boozy caffeinated drinks, including Four Loko, and recycling the stuff into pure ethanol to be blended into gasoline. A crackdown on the beverages is leading wholesalers to send the drinks from their warehouses to waste management companies for handling. "Were at full capacity," Brian Potter, a VP for MXI Environmental Services, told the Associated Press. "There are about 30 different products involved, and weve only seen a couple of them at this point. It could...

    01/05/2011 9:39:43 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    National Health Federation ^ | 12-21-2010 | news release
    Once again, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with her sidekicks Waxman and Dingell, has used legislative "sleight-of-hand" to force through the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act (H.R.2751) with S.510 attached. Just today, the Bill passed on a vote of 215 For and 144 Against. It is rich irony indeed that the "Cash for Clunkers" reauthorization bill (H.R.2751) has provided the ride for S.510, another clunker that will unleash an avalanche of useless, business-killing paperwork upon the food industry and a swarm of parasitic FDA bureaucrats. The result will be, as we have said all along, a food...
  • Millions of Diabetes Test Strips Recalled

    12/28/2010 10:33:19 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies · 4+ views
    CBS News ^ | 22 Dec 2010 | AP story
    Strips from Abbott Laboratories Can Give Falsely Low Blood Sugar Readings WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Abbott Laboratories is recalling up to 359 million testing strips used by diabetics because they can give falsely low blood sugar readings. The testing strips are used to help diabetes patients check their blood sugar levels. But the FDA says the products being recalled by Abbott can give inaccurately low measurements. As a result, patients may try to raise their blood sugar levels unnecessarily or fail to detect dangerously high blood sugar levels. The FDA said the problems are...
  • Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs

    12/26/2010 3:49:52 PM PST · by opentalk · 115 replies · 3+ views
    Natural news ^ | December 24, 2010 | Mike Adams
    Wikileaks continues to rock the political world by shedding light on conspiracies, corruption and cover-ups. The latest batch of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveals what can only be characterized as a U.S.-led conspiracy to force GMOs onto European countries by making those countries pay a steep price if they resist. The cable reveals the words of Craig Stapleton, the US ambassador to France, who was pushing the commercial interests of the biotech industry by attempting to force GMOs into France. In his own words (below), he expresses his frustration with the idea that France might pass environmental laws that...
  • FDA's Avastin decision is a breast cancer patient's worst nightmare

    12/26/2010 6:40:22 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 41 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 26, 2010 | Sally Pipes
    ronically, the exact same day the FDA revoked Avastin's approval, its counterpart across the Atlantic did the opposite. The European Union's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use had conducted a similar investigation into Avastin in breast cancer treatment... Genentech, Avastin's developer, spent some $2.3 billion creating this treatment. In reaction to this decision, other drug firms will be less likely to make the investments required for research into advanced drugs.
  • ObamaCare Rationing Begins

    12/22/2010 6:12:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 22, 2010 | Staff
    Medicine: The FDA has reversed its approval of a widely used cancer drug approved in Europe to treat breast cancer on the grounds it doesn't provide a "sufficient" benefit. Let the terminally ill and their doctors decide. One of the blessings of blocking the omnibus spending bill was that it included $1 billion for the implementation of ObamaCare. Yet the first effects are still being felt, the latest being the Food and Drug Administration's revoking of regulatory approval of Avastin to treat late-stage breast cancer. The reason given by the FDA was that the drug does not provide "a sufficient...
  • FDA gets new powers with food safety bill

    12/22/2010 4:04:31 PM PST · by Dominic L. Fottfoy · 16 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | December 22, 2010 | David Bennett
    On Tuesday, Congress passed food safety legislation providing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with new powers. Trying to halt a series of disease outbreaks in the nations food supply and fresh off last summers salmonella outbreak and subsequent recall of 500 million eggs the lame-duck Congress was under pressure to pump up the FDAs inspection capabilities. And so it did. In essence, the FDA is now charged with preventing food-borne disease outbreaks rather than trying to contain them once rampant.
  • New Antibiotics, Stat! - The drug makers are in a bind and public health is in danger.

    12/21/2010 10:46:30 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 21, 2010 | Josh Bloom & Gilbert Ross
    New Antibiotics, Stat!The drug makers are in a bind — and public health is in danger. The development of new antibiotics has slowed to a trickle, just when we need them most. As drug-resistant bacteria are on the rampage worldwide, we find ourselves in a most precarious situation — one not unlike the pre-antibiotic era, before penicillin, when staphylococcal and pneumococcal infections were the dominant pathogens. Now MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) kills more people than AIDS every year, and various multiple-drug-resistant organisms have appeared, leaving doctors with few therapeutic weapons for treating a number of prevalent infections. How did this...
  • In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill (Why even have a GOP?)

    12/19/2010 6:00:46 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 287 replies · 7+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 19 2010 | Alexander Bolton
    ... "Republicans, however, later agreed to pass it by unanimous consent."
  • New Blood-Screening Advised (FDA likely to screen out ME/CFS due to link to XMRV)

    12/16/2010 4:21:12 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2010. | AMY DOCKSER MARCUS
    An advisory committee to the federal Food and Drug Administration is recommending that people with chronic fatigue syndrome be barred from donating blood, amid concerns a retrovirus may be linked to the disease. The recommendation by the panel must now be reviewed by the FDA, which typically follows the advice of such panels but is not required to do so. An FDA spokeswoman said there was no timetable yet on a final decision. Judy Mikovits, who led the team of researchers that published the study in Science linking XMRV to chronic fatigue syndrome, said Tuesday's decision is a victory for...
  • FDA and Milk Regulation (Considering Regulating Breast Milk Banks/Donations)

    12/16/2010 6:41:49 AM PST · by NoNAIS · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The PPJ Gazette ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lynn Swearingen
    The breast milk Industry is charging users, which may or may not be covered by insurance,$3 – $5 per ounce according to Time Magazine. If one takes the average of $4 per ounce that equates $512 per gallon. While no numbers are available from HMBANA, according to their site “745,329 ounces of milk 2005″ was donated and “shared” throughout the United States. Of course a “Prescription” is needed for outpatient usage which may not be covered by Insurance. Believe it or not, that is a $3 Million Dollar industry. One wonders what current numbers apply here. (Update: According to NBC,...
  • Michelle Obama And Her Food Nazis!

    12/14/2010 6:31:31 AM PST · by Brittany Pounders · 4 replies ^ | December 14, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    These people are fishingfishing hard and will say and claim just about anything to pass their legislation against the people that will give them more power, more authority and a stronger chokehold on the American people. And, like foolish lambs led to the slaughter, many of us cluck our tongues and follow blindly along because the words sound so good and surely the wise mother-government, the nanny state, knows what is better for us than we could ever know for ourselves. Since the Obamas have been in office- food has been the topic of the conversation so often. Michelle Obama...
  • Democrats attempt to revive food safety bill

    12/08/2010 9:38:14 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | December 8th | MARY CLARE JALONICK (D-NY)
    WASHINGTON -- Food safety legislation stalled by a constitutional snag could be revived as part of a giant year-end budget bill. The bill to increase the Food and Drug Administration's powers to keep food safe stalled after overwhelmingly passing the Senate last week. House Democrats said after it passed that the bill contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under the Constitution must originate in the House.
  • When Bake Sales Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Bake Sales

    12/04/2010 12:25:41 AM PST · by seamus · 44 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable ^ | December 3, 2010 | Ben Boychuk
    "Drop that brownie, young lady! You're in violation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010." A bit of rhetorical hyperbole? Actually, that might not be too much of an exaggeration of what's in store under the new child nutrition law Congress passed Thursday. The bill, which gives the USDA power to regulate fat and sugar in schools, squeaked through the House thanks to heavy lobbying from sundry "public health" and child welfare groups. First Lady Michelle Obama's support probably didn't hurt, either. The feds will also be empowered to regulate fundraisers where food is sold -- i.e., bake sales. And...
  • Obesity Surgery May Become Option for Many More

    12/02/2010 10:04:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Weight-loss surgery, once a last resort for extremely overweight people, may soon become an option for those who are less heavy. An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration will consider on Friday a request by Allergan, the pharmaceutical company, to significantly lower how obese someone must be to qualify for surgery using the companys Lap-Band device, which restricts intake to the stomach. On Wednesday, the F.D.A. acknowledged that a new study by the company showed that people in the proposed range of obesity who had the band experienced statistically significant decreases in all measures of weight loss. If...
  • Cure or Care?

    12/02/2010 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Which do you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn't it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as Obamacare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill? Isn't the answer obvious? Apparently not to many politicians trapped in an old paradigm that focuses too much on hospitals, doctors and medicines and too...
  • George Soros And Food Safety

    12/01/2010 8:16:06 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 2, 2010 | IBD staff
    Big Government: A questionable food safety bill in search of a crisis passed the Senate, but may hit a snag in the House. This power grab of the nation's food supply may end up benefiting a certain Hungarian billionaire. Why would the Senate take up precious time in the lame duck session considering a food safety bill? Just as ObamaCare wasn't really about health care reform but about government power, S510 is not really about food safety but about government control of agriculture and the nation's food producers. The Food Safety Modernization Act would give the Food and Drug Administration...
  • Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations (Hide your giblets!)

    11/30/2010 9:05:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/30/10 | GARDINER HARRIS and WILLIAM NEUMAN
    Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety RegulationsBy GARDINER HARRIS and WILLIAM NEUMAN Published: November 30, 2010 WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nations food-safety system, after tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods. The bill is intended to get the government to...
  • Food Safety Bill Will Not Make Food Safer, Will Increase Food Costs and Budget Deficit

    11/29/2010 12:32:13 PM PST · by JimPrevor · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 29, 2010 | Jim Prevor
    Today, the Senate is likely to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S510). But the bill is little more than an enormous grant of money and power to the Food and Drug Administration and a lot of reporting burdens imposed on the private sector. Those who favor a smaller, leaner government should oppose it. Advocates for the bill point out that we need change as the food safety system is built mostly on laws passed over seventy years ago. They would like to transform the FDA from what they perceive as a mostly reactive agency dealing...
  • Food Safety Modernization Act! (Last chance - scheduled for vote 7pm today)

    11/29/2010 8:30:39 AM PST · by DelaWhere · 56 replies · 1+ views
    FreedomWorks ^ | Nov 22, 2010 | Julie Borowski
    Beck and others are telling you - TODAY at 7pm Senate is scheduled to vote. If passed, the misnamed Food Safety and Modernization Act would authorize the FDA to tell farmers how to grow their crops. Federal bureaucrats who likely know little to nothing about farming will set the guidelines on appropriate temperatures, what soil to use, how much water to use and what animals are allowed to be on certain fields. S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, gives broad powers to the FDA to regulate small farms and gardens.