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  • Judge blocks rules on graphic cigarette labels

    11/07/2011 9:46:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 11/7/11
    A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Monday, granting a temporary injunction blocking rules requiring new warning labels that use graphic images like a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.
  • Raw milk supporters rally around 'criminal' moms

    11/07/2011 6:53:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 195 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2011 | Jessica Claire Haney
    SILVER SPRING, Maryland, November 2, 2011 – They escaped arrest. The “raw milk freedom riders” who illegally transported raw milk from a farm in Pennsylvania to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland and then drank it and distributed it to a crowd rallied in support of their efforts got away with their crime.As reported yesterday in this column, this group of raw milk activists planned the ride and rally to protest government restrictions on the sale of raw milk and the spending of taxpayer money to raid and bankrupt small family farms.The rally began at noon as the swelling crowd...
  • A cancer CURE fought tooth and nail by the FDA

    11/06/2011 7:04:58 AM PST · by Hayeksright · 45 replies
    First time posting. Wanted to inform and start a discussion on the FDA and National Cancer Institute's motivations for FIGHTING a proven cancer cure...
  • Obama's Drug Shortage Demagoguery

    11/04/2011 6:13:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 4, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama couldn't wait to trample over the legislative process again. This week, he issued his 98th executive order on an irresistibly exploitatable policy issue: prescription drug shortages. Soon, "One a Day" won't just be a multivitamin. It'll be the rate of White House administrative fiats. Federal officials darkly suggest that selfish industry "stockpiling" is endangering Americans' lives. "If we find out that prices are being driven up because shortages are being made worse by manipulations of companies or distributors," the White House further threatened, "agencies will be empowered to stop those practices. And the FDA and the Department of...
  • The Bush-Obama Rx Shortages-Critical cancer drugs are in short supply thanks to price controls

    11/02/2011 5:12:58 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies
    WSJ-editorial ^ | 11-2-11 | WSJ
    Shortages have more than tripled since 2005, according to the University of Utah's Drug Information Service, and by the end of the year more than 300 products are likely to be back-ordered, in short supply or totally unavailable. Some are anesthetics and pain therapies, others emergency room "crash cart" drugs. But mostabout 70% in 2010belong to the class of drugs known as "sterile injectables" that are mainstays of the chemotherapy arsenal, such as paclitaxel or cytarabine.
  • Sebelius on new medicine rules

    10/31/2011 1:38:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/31/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Here are some highlights from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's conference call with reporters Monday morning to talk about President Obama's new executive order, which is intended to provide more medicine to treat deadly diseases: -- Obama "felt the executive order was the most appropriate way to highlight the problem and actually call for a collaborative approach to solve the problem on behalf of patients in this country," Sebelius said. -- "Within the drug shortage program itself, we are planning to effectively double the staff, and we expect that they will be kept busy working on the additional information that we...
  • Obama Orders FDA to Reduce Drug Shortages (Executive Order)

    10/31/2011 1:56:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 107 replies · 2+ views ^ | October 31, 2011 | unattributed
    Acting once again without Congress, President Obama on Monday was directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages that administration officials say have placed patients at risk and led to price gouging. The president signed an executive order -- his fifth in a week -- instructing the FDA to take action absent congressional approval. Last year, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages -- mainly cancer drugs, anesthetics, electrolytes and emergency room drugs -- and the agency says it continues to see an increase in shortages this year. The White House also announced Obama's support for...
  • Another order is signed

    10/31/2011 1:26:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/31/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    President Obama signed his latest executive order this afternoon, saying of the initiative to address a drug shortage that "we've got to go ahead and move forward." He concluded, somewhat awkwardly: "All right. With that, I'm going to sign this bill -- or this executive order -- excuse
  • (Obamanomics in Action) Eat the Old: Could Mass Cannibalism Solve a Future Food Shortage?

    10/28/2011 8:36:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 28, 2011 | Adam Hadhazy
    Eat the Old: Could Mass Cannibalism Solve a Future Food Shortage? The global human population is set to hit 7 billion on Oct. 31, and by century's end it will stand at 10 billion, according to the United Nations. That's a lot more mouths to feed. There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with this boom. What if a worldwide food shortage were to become so terribly dire that people resorted to eating . . . people? In such a dreadful event, the most-sensible first choice...
  • FDA Chemist Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

    10/19/2011 10:13:33 AM PDT · by Rio · 10 replies
    Chem.Info ^ | 10/18/2011 | JESSICA GRESKO
    A chemist with the Food and Drug Administration pleaded guilty Tuesday to using a confidential drug database to earn nearly $3.8 million by trading the stock of companies with new drug applications.
  • DeMint Tries to Halt Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler

    10/19/2011 2:08:21 AM PDT · by Irenic · 23 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | October 18, 2011 | FoxNews
    Sen. Jim DeMint is trying to stop the federal government from banning a popular over-the-counter asthma inhaler, introducing an amendment that would yank funding for the ban set to go into effect in January. The Food and Drug Administration rule would take off the shelves the epinephrine asthma inhaler known as Primatene Mist. The product is currently the only FDA-approved over-the-counter inhaler and is being banned because it uses something called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant -- the substance is considered harmful to the ozone layer.
  • The End Of Cigars We We Know Them? (Pending FDA Ban -- act now to oppose!)

    10/18/2011 5:05:42 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 38 replies
    PER WEBSITE: FDA regulations will force manufacturers to spend upwards of six-figures just to get new a blend approved. Your favorite boutique cigar brands will wither and die, leaving only the largest manufacturers to introduce a new blend or two per year. Don't expect to sample those new blends, either: free samples will be illegal, as well as cigar events. And even if you're brave enough to buy a box sight unseen, the FDA is likely to mandate near-zero levels of nicotine. How do you suppose THAT cigar will taste? Surely the Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves! When...
  • The End of Cigars as we Know Them?

    10/11/2011 3:33:41 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 7 replies
    Just got an email from Famous that is essentially reproduced at the link. Basically they say the FDA is looking to get into the business of "regulating" cigars and legislation is needed to prevent this. I followed their link to a CRA (Cigar Rights of America) site which allows one to craft messages to be sent to your Senators and Congressman. I just did this. If you agree with me that the FDA shouldn't be regulating cigars I urge you to do the same. ML/NJ
  • Politics Feds Finalizing Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

    09/26/2011 5:43:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/26/11 | Judson Berger
    Hundreds of thousands of asthma sufferers who use an over-the-counter inhaler will be compelled to seek a more costly prescription device by the end of the year, when the federal government plans to ban them over environmental concerns. The Food and Drug Administration last week began a media push to get the word out about the looming phase-out. After Dec. 31, the epinephrine asthma inhaler known as Primatene Mist will no longer be available. The product is currently the only FDA-approved over-the-counter inhaler and is being taken off the shelves because it uses something called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant...
  • Your Supplements Are Under Attack: Time to Fight Back!

    09/26/2011 2:39:10 PM PDT · by EBH · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Live in the Now ^ | 9/19/11 | Joshua Corn
    A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about the FDAs proposed new policy on dietary supplements that could make it impossible or very expensive for you to purchase the natural products you rely on to support your health. The open comment period on the FDAs proposed guidelines ends on September 30, so NOW is the time to act and let your voice be heard if you want to retain your right to access supplements. (Scroll down to the bottom of this article to learn how you can get involved.) If the FDA has its way, all vitamins, herbs and...
  • Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

    09/23/2011 12:34:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 206 replies
    Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns 3:00 PM, Sep 23, 2011 By MARK HEMINGWAY Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration is would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer: Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere. The...
  • Gardasil and the GOP

    09/13/2011 2:48:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 188 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 13, 2011 | Henry I. Miller
    More than an hour into last night’s debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy. It stems from an executive order issued by Perry in 2007 that required all Texas girls to receive Gardasil, a vaccine against the most common strains of human papilloma virus, before entering the sixth grade. However, Texas lawmakers blocked that mandate. Some critics argued that the vaccine was too new to have been confirmed safe, while others said that Perry’s order would preempt parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, possibly causing...
  • The FDA Forgot You have No Right to Privacy in Contracts

    09/01/2011 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Truth Farmer ^ | August 30, 2011 | Doreen Hannes
    When the FDA answered FTCLDF (Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund) in the interstate shipment of raw milk suit, they stated four fully repugnant things. That you have no right to, nor does your child have a right to any particular food, you have no right to bodily or physical health, that you have no right to contract, and that they are rationally fulfilling their public health mission. It appears that they forgot to include that you have no right to privacy or free association along with no right of contract. With the recent actions against Rawesome, sting operations against...
  • Perry Delivers on Texas Death Penalty

    08/28/2011 5:09:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | August 28, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    As Texas governor, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry has presided over 234 executions. It's a record number, which, The Washington Post reported last week, bestows on Perry "a law-and-order credential that none of his competitors can match -- even if they wanted to." Watch how pundits will try to turn that statistic into a political negative -- and paint Perry as the governor with blood on his spurs -- even though American voters overwhelmingly support the death penalty. The temptation to tout Texas' status as the state with the most executions will prove too seductive. It won't matter that, as...
  • old news: FDA asking walnuts as a drug

    08/23/2011 3:00:40 PM PDT · by Red Barr · 8 replies
    internet | Aug 23, 2011 | Red Barr This is old news but it is wise to keep informed in what the Obama regime is up to.
  • Dog Heartworm Drug Supply Runs Out (Doggie Lover's PING)

    08/23/2011 7:14:11 AM PDT · by Marie · 85 replies
    My FOX ^ | 12Aug11 | Lari Barager
    FORT WORTH, Texas - If your dog has heartworms it will be harder to get a cure. The only company producing the parasite-killing drug has run out and veterinarians dont know when theyll get more. Veterinarians across the country are in a quandary because Immiticide is the only FDA-approved drug available to treat dogs with heartworms. Drug company Merial said its supply is gone and it cant produce any more because it cant get the drugs active ingredient in the United States. The FDA has been hesitant to allow overseas suppliers to fill American orders. Vets are working with what...
  • Tobacco firms sue FDA over new graphic warnings

    08/17/2011 12:21:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 17, 2011 | Jeffrey Collins (AP)
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the warnings violate their free speech rights and will cost millions of dollars to print. The companies, led by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co., said the warnings no longer simply convey facts to allow people to make a decision whether to smoke. They instead force them to put government anti-smoking advocacy more prominently on their packs than their own brands, the...
  • Now Governmentt Trying to Ban Sale of Your Supplements

    07/30/2011 11:05:07 AM PDT · by Clairity · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chris Gonsalves
    Sen. Orrin Hatch blasted a new bill that health experts are calling a government takeover of the vitamin industry. New legislation proposed by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., earlier this month would crack down on the testing, labeling, and sale of dietary supplements nationwide. The increased regulation almost certainly will deny many Americans easy, affordable access to the natural health products they rely on daily, experts warn. Sens. Durbin and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., quietly submitted the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011 over the July 4th weekend. Despite its innocuous title, the bill would force a massive reclassification of food additives...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade Part Deux

    07/29/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Well that didnt take long. Yesterday, in a post discussing a New York Times op-ed that called for heavy taxation on unhealthy foods, I asked, How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force healthy food advertising? Now The Daily Caller reports that food producers could face government regulations requiring healthy composition profiles for foods marketed to children two to seventeen years old.If enacted, new regulatory criteria will reclassify many foods which the FDA presently considers healthy as off limits for advertising to children. In the present formulations, eighty-eight of the top 100 most-consumed foods will be...
  • FDA Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs (Dismisses many study findings)

    07/23/2011 9:08:49 AM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 8 replies
    Life Extension ^ | August 2011 | William Faloon
    Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts. Some of this same scientific data was featured on the website of Diamond Foods, Inc., a distributor of packaged walnuts. Last year the FDA determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foodss website. According to the FDA, these walnuts were classified as drugs and the unauthorized health claims cause them to become misbranded, thus subjecting them to government seizure or injunction. Diamond Foods capitulated and...
  • Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA

    07/21/2011 2:35:09 PM PDT · by nralife · 175 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:10 | Michael Tennant
    Seen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didnt approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, Your walnut products are drugs and new drugs at that and, therefore, they may not legally be marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application. The agency even threatened Diamond with seizure if it failed to comply. Diamonds transgression was to make financial investments to educate...
  • New FDA Report: Abortion Drug Kills 14 Women, Injures 2,200

    07/12/2011 12:55:08 PM PDT · by julieee · 7 replies
    LifeNews,com ^ | July 12, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    New FDA Report: Abortion Drug Kills 14 Women, Injures 2,200 Washington, DC -- The Food and Drug Administration has quietly released a new report about the deaths of and injuries to women from the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug and the Obama administration has done nothing to make the information available to women.
  • FDA Panel Rejects Avastin For Breast Cancer

    06/29/2011 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 7 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | June 30, 2011 | Neoavatara
    A Food and Drug Administration panel today voted 6-0 to halt the use of cancer drug Avastin for the treatment of breast cancer, saying studies have failed to show Avastin is effective for that purpose. The recommendation came after two days of testimony from patients, doctors, and advocacy groups. The panel faced several tearful accounts of women, young and old, who believed Avastin saved their lives.
  • Radical gay-sensitivity training at USDA may become government-wide program

    06/29/2011 2:44:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 29, 2011 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    WASHINGTON, DC, June 28, 2011 ( - If homosexual activists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have their way, a radical gay sensitivity training program developed by the department could soon be coming to every federal agency, the Washington Times reported Sunday. According to an internal newsletter published for employees, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency that oversees federal employment issues, has met with officials at USDA responsible for developing the program. The newsletter, which calls the program groundbreaking, reports that the goal of collaboration with OPM is to spread USDAs LGBT Special Emphasis Program across the...
  • Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

    06/21/2011 12:56:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 21, 2011 | Audrey Hudson, congressional correspondent
    Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administrations food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies. The same goes for restaurants. Its not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty...
  • USDA and Corporate Agribusiness Continue to Push Animal ID Scheme

    06/22/2011 9:36:41 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Farm and Ranch Freedom ^ | June 21, 2011
    AUSTIN, TX - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to issue its new proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability very shortly. While USDA already has traceability requirements as part of existing animal disease control programs, the proposed framework goes much further to require animal tagging and tracing even absent any active disease threat. The framework has raised significant concerns among family farm and ranch advocates, who criticize the agency for failing to provide a coherent, factual explanation for the new programs necessity. USDA brags about the success of past programs, but has abandoned the principles that made them...
  • House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!

    06/22/2011 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    And with that budget hit, the so-called food safety law cant be implementedand no money to approve Frankenfish! This is huge! Last week the House of Representatives passed the agriculture funding bill for fiscal year 2012, and the bill included a gigantic cut in FDAs budget. This is particularly significant because they were tasked with implementing most of the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act that Congress passed last year. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost of implementing the Food Safety act would be $1.4 billion over five years. The whopping $285 million budget cut makes it...
  • Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care

    06/22/2011 5:47:22 AM PDT · by xtinct · 72 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/23/2011 | Neil Munro
    The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said. Sebelius comments came at the tail-end of Tuesdays White House press conference where officials showcased nine new photos that must be carried on cigarette packs. Officials used a survey of 18,000 people to find the images that would have the most distressing...
  • A New FDA Cigarette Warning For Conservatives

    06/21/2011 6:00:50 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-21-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Dozens of new designs were made, but a winner has been chosen! All kidding aside, I mentioned last November that large labels like the one above are coming... Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking. From the FDA "These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years." It would be frightening if boredom with the...
  • Scientists build lasers using human embryonic cells

    06/21/2011 7:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2011 | REBECCA MILLETTE
    June 20, 2011 ( – U.S. scientists reported last week they have been able to develop potentially “self-healing” lasers that could be used in the human body for treating diseases such as cancer.  The lasers, however, use human embryonic cells in a controversial experiment that has not yet been approved by the FDA. The experiment findings were published this month in the Nature Photonics journal, by physicists Malte C. Gather and Soek Hyun Yun of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  “This is the first time that we have used biological materials to build a laser...
  • FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

    06/21/2011 7:47:38 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2011 8:14 AM (ET) | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Among the images to appear on cigarette packs are rotting and diseased teeth and gums and a man with a tracheotomy smoking. Also included among the labels are: the corpse of a smoker, diseased lungs, and a mother holding her baby with smoke swirling around them. They include phrases like "Smoking can kill you" and "Cigarettes cause cancer" and feature...
  • FDA to issue new graphic cigarette warning labels

    06/20/2011 5:12:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies ^ | June 20, 2011 | Michael Felberbaum (Associated Press)
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Coming to a store near you: nine more reasons not to smoke. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday is set to release nine new graphic health warning labels for U.S. cigarette packs, representing the most significant change to cigarette packs in more than 25 years. The new labels will take up half of a pack of cigarettes and also will appear on advertisements. Cigarette makers have until the fall of 2012 to comply. Mandates for new warning labels were part of a 2009 law giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco. The announcement follows reviews...
  • Deadly Regulations

    06/19/2011 4:16:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 19, 2011 | John C. Goldman
    How many of you have not been able to get a drug you needed to properly deliver anesthesia to a patient?” I asked. Every hand in the room went up. “How did that affect your patients?” I asked. “Two of our patients died,” one woman answered. I was speaking to a group of nurse anesthetists, enrolled in a business management program at Marshall University in West Virginia. I wish I could say their experience is unusual. It isn’t. About 90 percent of all the anesthesiologists in the country report they are experiencing a shortage of at least one anesthetic. Drug...
  • Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

    06/12/2011 11:34:19 AM PDT · by thesearethetimes... · 51 replies ^ | 6/12/11 | Burzynski
    This is a link to a free viewing of a very interesting documentary about a doctor in Texas who seems to have discovered an amazingly effective tool to fight cancer. I am in the middle of watching it, but just watched an undeniable Atlas Shrugged moment that moved me to post it here.... It will only be free to view until midnight tonight. Thought provoking stuff here, and I will be interested to hear what ya'll think.
  • Snowe Boiled and Steamed Over USDA Proposal Restricting Potato Consumption in Schools[Fish Update]

    06/07/2011 11:39:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Snowe Report ^ | 06/07/2011 E-Mail | Olympia Snowe
    Senator Snowe said a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) limiting total servings of starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, green peas, and lima beans) to one cup per week and eliminating these vegetables from breakfast meals is not grounded in scientific data and does not make economic sense. In letters to First Lady Michelle Obama, founder of the Lets Move campaign, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Snowe urged reevaluation of the nutritional and economic impacts of this proposal. Senator Snowe recently joined her colleagues in calling on President Obama to resolve a discrepancy within the Administration regarding...
  • FDA announces review of birth control pills over serious blood clot risks [Bayer with 7000 lawsuits]

    06/04/2011 12:18:15 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 1, 2011 | Peter J. Smith
    FDA announces review of birth control pills over serious blood clot risks by Peter J. Smith Wed Jun 01 5:32 PM EST WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2011 ( Federal drug regulators are now reviewing studies that say some modern birth control pills may pose a serious risk of clots to women who take them. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that they were conducting a safety review of birth control products containing drospirenone, a synthetic female sex hormone or progestin. German pharmaceutical maker Bayers oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmine, Safyral, Beyaz, and their generics are part...
  • Feds seize elderberry juice from Kansas winery

    06/04/2011 6:29:25 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 61 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 6/3/11 | Roxana Hegeman
    Federal authorities have seized bottles and drums of elderberry juice concentrate from a Kansas winery, contending that the company's claims of its benefits for treating various diseases make the product a drug. (snip) The government contends the juice concentrate is an unapproved and misbranded drug because the winery claims it is used to treat diseases such as the flu, cancer and AIDS. "Products with unapproved disease claims are dangerous because they may cause consumers to delay or avoid legitimate treatments, Dara Corrigan, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a news release. "The FDA is committed to protecting...
  • Government Death Panels Wont Kill You Unless Youre Sick And Weak

    05/26/2011 7:25:16 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 28 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 5/26/2011 | David Hogberg
    ObamaCare supporters fervently believe that science will prevail in systems that are controlled by politicians. It is usually the unstated assumption behind their arguments defending the Independent Payment Advisory Board. They seem to believe it so blindly that they cant see evidence to the contrary even when it is right in front of their noses.
  • The Four Loko Effect (situational specificity of tolerance)

    05/23/2011 12:31:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    The popular, formerly caffeinated, fruity alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, has been blamed for the spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations, especially throughout college campuses. Initially, caffeine was deemed the culprit and the Food and Drug Administration ordered all traces of caffeine to be removed from Four Loko and all other similar beverages. However, according to an upcoming evaluation in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, caffeine might not be the primary cause of the spike in hospitalizations. Four Loko didnt have the extraordinary intoxicating effect because of caffeine, but rather because of the phenomenon of situational...
  • Mothers crying over raw milk

    05/17/2011 5:36:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 113 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Four weeks after the government moved to shut down Amish farmer Dan Allgyer for selling fresh, unpasteurized milk across state lines, angry moms who made up much of his customer base rallied on the Capitols grounds Monday to demand that Congress rein in the food police. The moms milked a cow just across the street from the Senate and served up gallons of fresh milk, playfully daring one another to drink what, if sold across state lines, would be considered contraband product. The FDA really screwed up this time. They got between a mom and a farmer, said Mark McAfee,...
  • Creeping Tyranny Meets Creeping Sovereignty

    05/12/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    BlackListedNews ^ | May 9, 2011 | Tony Caratlucci
    Like a single worn edge of a roof tile on a windy day, the town of Sedgwick, Maine invites the winds of change to tear off entirely the roof of the federal government's growing tyranny over every aspect of our daily lives. Sedgwick decided to go to the literal root of the matter, declaring "food sovereignty" over agriculture and it's trade locally. Thrusting the responsibility and liability on sellers and buyers - as would be indicative of any free society - Sedgwick's new ordinance undermines entirely state and federal licensing and regulatory regimes. Few could argue that we as informed...
  • FDA clears first test to quickly diagnose and distinguish MRSA and MSSA

    05/09/2011 7:09:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    FDA NEWS RELEASE ^ | May 6, 2011 | NA
    For Immediate Release: May 6, 2011Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988, erica.jefferson@fda.hhs.govConsumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDAFDA clears first test to quickly diagnose and distinguish MRSA and MSSA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the first test for Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus)  infections that is able to quickly identify whether the bacteria are methicillin resistant (MRSA) or methicillin susceptible (MSSA).There are many different types of Staphylococci bacteria, which cause skin infections, pneumonia, food and blood infections (blood poisoning). While some S.aureus infections are treated easily with antibiotics, others are resistant (MRSA) to commonly prescribed antibiotics such as penicillin and amoxicillin. The KeyPath MRSA/MSSA...
  • 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
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