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  • How's That Government Meddling Workin' Out for Ya'?

    01/13/2012 6:26:14 AM PST · by radioone · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-13-112 | Richard N. Weltz
    Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union an agricultural commissar from the Ukraine was summoned to the Agricultural Ministry in Moscow to report on the year's potato crop. "Ah, Comrade Minister," said the commissar, beaming, "If all the potatoes harvested this year were put into a single pile, it would reach to the feet of God." "What!" exclaimed the minister, "you know that in Communism there is no God." "Also," sighed the commissar, "in the Ukraine is no potatoes."
  • Senators Give Supplements a Lifeline

    01/04/2012 3:19:18 PM PST · by djf · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Will it be enough to rein in FDA’s outrageous power grab? ANH-USA, together with a number of supplement trade organizations, went to Capitol Hill to plead our case about the FDA’s profoundly flawed NDI (new supplement) draft guidance in the offices of two powerful senators and longtime friends of natural health, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Our visit was preceded by all the letters you have been sending to Congress, which have immeasurably increased the visibility of this issue. As you know, if this draft guidance stands, it would allow FDA to arbitrarily deny the sale...
  • Adderall Drug Shortage Will Continue in 2012, Government Officials Say

    01/04/2012 9:09:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2012 | Mikaela Conley
    A contentious relationship between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Agency may cause a continuing shortage of the attention deficit medication Adderall, which the FDA just added to its official drug shortages list, the New York Times reported. As of 2007, about 9.5 percent, or 5.4 million, of school-aged children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adderall prescriptions went up 13.4 percent from 2009 to 2010, and more than 18 million prescriptions were written for the drug, Reuters reported. As demand for the drug grows, more and more patients have...
  • 2011 medication shortages set new record at 267

    01/03/2012 5:30:25 PM PST · by bd476 · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 6:27 PM EST | By LINDA A. JOHNSON
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.S. last year than in 2010, when there were 211. By contrast, there were only 58 drug shortages reported in 2004. As the drug shortages worsen, so does their impact on patient care, particularly...
  • Just Say No To Concentration

    12/28/2011 1:40:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Advice Goddess Blog ^ | December 28, 2011 | Amy Alkon
    Yesterday, my entire afternoon got eaten by my panic over shortages of Adderall, the drug that changed my writing life from daily torture that I slogged through because I'm a hard worker to sometimes-hard work I love. Instead of writing, I wasted my time on the phone to a bunch of local pharmacies, and emailing my very good-natured doctor multiple times ("Can you prescribe in Mexico?"), and searching for Canadian pharmacies -- maybe one in Windsor where maybe I could get Gregg to pick me up 10 or 20 or maybe even 30 pills...in all the spare time he has....
  • Local sheriff defends farmer from FDA intrusion

    12/09/2011 8:34:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Vision News ^ | 12/08/2011 | Joel McDurmon
    Brad Rogers, Sheriff of Elkhart County, Indiana, is withstanding FDA bureaucrats who are harassing citizens in his county. The Complete Patient reports,The U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its subpoena of Indiana raw dairy farmer Richard Hochstetler to appear before a federal grand jury. He was scheduled to testify tomorrow in Detroit, in connection with an outbreak of illnesses linked by public health officials, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to the milk of his Forest Grove Dairy. But yesterday he received a certified letter saying that his subpoena was being withdrawn.The withdrawal came after Roger’s Sheriff’s Department told the...
  • Left 'speechless' as Sebelius overrules FDA on access to morning-after pill (2012 politics)

    12/08/2011 3:38:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/11 | Sam Baker
    Left 'speechless' as Sebelius overrules FDA on access to morning-after pillBy Sam Baker - 12/07/11 06:28 PM ET In a decision steeped in 2012 politics, President Obama’s top health official on Wednesday overruled government scientists to block wider access to the so-called “morning-after pill.” The decision to leave in place a requirement that women younger than 17 get a prescription for the drug was a huge surprise to liberal groups and advocates for the Plan B contraceptive, some of whom said they were left “speechless” by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s involvement. It came a day after Sebelius...
  • Feds Allow Arsenic in Apple Juice?

    12/06/2011 5:28:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2011 | Chuck Norris
    This past year, I started writing a health and fitness column through Creators.com, titled "C-Force." It is no surprise that in researching for that column, I've discovered repeat offenses of food and beverage tampering by the federal government. But arsenic in apple juice?Dr. Oz received significant flak when he reported in September that "some of the best-known brands of apple juice contain arsenic." Since then, however, Oz has been redeemed and his claims substantiated!After Oz's initial comments, Dr. Richard Besser, a 13-year veteran of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News' chief health and medical editor, publicly...
  • FDA Set to Ban Your Supplements

    12/02/2011 9:07:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Big Health Report ^ | December 1, 2011 | BHR
    The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do). There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994. It has been 17 years, but the FDA just issued draconian proposals as to how it intends to regulate what it...
  • Cigar lovers, industry unite to snuff out FDA regulatory agenda

    11/29/2011 9:11:09 AM PST · by martosko · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2011 | David Martosko
    Cigar smokers are mad as hell, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Faced with an unprecedented assault on their guilty pleasure from President Barack Obama's Food and Drug Administration, aficionados and industry insiders told The Daily Caller that they’re picking up their torch lighters and revolting. Usually divided by their preferences for mild, medium and full-bodied smokes, they're uniting against regulations that threaten to make cigars prohibitively expensive, shut down scores of small cigar shops, jeopardize tens of thousands of jobs and erase the traditionally bright line between Camels and Cohibas. Cigar lovers are also recruiting members of...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 most—about 70% in 2010—belong 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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.