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  • FDA regulations could kill the vaping industry

    05/26/2016 1:18:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    WVLT - CBS Local ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Lauren Davis
    Knoxville vape companies are fuming mad after the FDA passed new regulations this month. They say this new law will put an end to the vaping industry. They are shocked at how far reaching the regulations are, and now they're afraid the new restrictions will destroy the industry. Hunter Allison with Tri State Vape Company will have to submit an application for each new product. He says that would come with a hefty price tag. Allison says, "The absolutely lowest price I've seen is $300,000 per product and that's $4.5 million for me and there's no possible way. He's already...
  • Making Babies with 3 Genetic Parents Gets FDA Hearing (Opening Frankenstein-ian Floodgates)

    03/04/2014 11:56:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 25, 2014 | Dina Fine Maron
    Making Babies with 3 Genetic Parents Gets FDA Hearing A reproductive technology that taps three parents’ DNA as a way to eliminate hereditary diseases could reach clinical trials if the Food and Drug Administration gives the go-ahead. Reproductive technologies that marry DNA from three individuals will receive a trial in the court of public opinion this week. Such technologies may hold promise for averting certain genetically inherited diseases passed down via mutations to mitochondria, the cell’s battery pack. Scientists have already had successes with this type of reproductive approach in monkeys and in human embryos, and are now eager to...
  • 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.
  • Obama Undecided on Whether to Impose Regulation Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith

    11/30/2011 11:47:33 AM PST · by OPS4 · 22 replies
    CNS ^ | 11/30/11 | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama has not yet decided whether to go forward with a proposed regulation under the health care law he signed last year that would force Catholic individuals and institutions to act against the teachings of the Catholic church. In August, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed a regulation--that would take affect next fall--that would require all health care plans to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including abortifacients. The proposed regulation includes a very narrow religious exemption that does not cover individual Catholics, or Catholic universities, hospitals or charitable institutions.
  • 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 didn’t 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. Diamond’s transgression was to make “financial investments to educate...
  • 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 Capitol’s 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,...
  • FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (Illegal to grow your own food)

    08/07/2010 6:47:50 PM PDT · by Scythian · 299 replies · 2+ views
    This bill was considered in committee which has recommended it be considered by the Senate as a whole. Although it has been placed on a calendar of business, the order in which legislation is considered and voted on is determined by the majority party leadership. Keep in mind that sometimes the text of one bill is incorporated into another bill, and in those cases the original bill, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned.
  • FDA Slams Tylenol Maker's Delay in Tainted Pill Recall (more products added-I have one)

    01/15/2010 9:11:24 PM PST · by STARWISE · 59 replies · 1,611+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1-15-10 | Joseph Brownstein
    More Products, Including Tylenol Extra Strength and Rolaids, Recalled Due to Noxious Chemical Fears ### The U.S. Food and Drug Administration slammed Tylenol manufacturer McNeil Healthcare LLC during a media briefing this morning for what it called a slow response to problems at a facility in Puerto Rico that led to consumers becoming sickened by tainted pills. "McNeil should have acted faster," said Deborah Autor, director of the FDA's Office of Compliance, of the arm of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures Tylenol products, adding "When something smells bad, literally or figuratively, they must aggressively investigate and solve the problem." A...
  • FDA starts collecting fees from tobacco companies

    10/04/2009 5:34:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies · 743+ views
    Business Week ^ | Oct. 1, 2009 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday began collecting millions in fees from the nation's tobacco companies to help fund the agency's newly granted authority to regulate the industry. The user fees, which will be collected quarterly, are based on each company's share of the U.S. tobacco market. The FDA will collect about $23 million for fiscal 2009. That will rise to $235 million in 2010 and grow to $712 million by 2019. The FDA would not disclose the assessments for specific companies. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. analyst Christopher Growe said in a note to investors that Richmond, Va.-based Altria...
  • Then They Came for the Fresca; The growing ambitions of the food police.

    09/23/2009 3:00:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 895+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 22, 2009 | William Saletan
    My real interest is in the authors' third basis for regulation: market failure that ... results from time-inconsistent preferences (i.e., decisions that provide short-term gratification but long-term harm). This problem is exacerbated in the case of children and adolescents, who place a higher value on present satisfaction while more heavily discounting future consequences. Wow. This isn't socialism. It's sheer paternalism. This, according to the authors, is a market failure that justifies taxation to alter your behavior, totally apart from its impact on public health costs. This is what worries me about the crackdown on death sticks and edible crap. There's...
  • Flavors Banned From Cigarettes to Deter Youths

    09/23/2009 5:50:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies · 438+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Federal health officials banned sale of flavored cigarettes on Tuesday in the first major crackdown since the Food and Drug Administration was given the authority to regulate tobacco. The ban is intended to end sale of tobacco products with chocolate, vanilla, clove and other flavorings that lure children and teenagers into smoking. The agency will study regulating menthol products and hinted that it might soon take action against the far larger market of flavored small cigars and cigarillos. “These flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers,” Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of...
  • FDA Bans Candy, Fruit Flavored Cigarettes

    09/22/2009 6:00:25 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies · 1,102+ views
    All Headline News ^ | September 22, 2009 | Melvin Baker
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Candy or fruit flavored cigarettes are no more. The Food and Drug Administration banned the products Tuesday as part of a campaign to reduce smoking.The flavored tobacco products could entice children into the smoking habit, said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. "Almost 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers," she said. "These flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers."In a statement, the FDA said that studies have found that 17-year-old smokers are three times as likely to use flavored cigarettes as smokers over 25. About...
  • The Jackasses did it……HR 2749 the Seizure of the US food supply and production passed the House

    08/01/2009 7:24:30 PM PDT · by FromLori · 292 replies · 11,752+ views
    Despite some really eloquent speeches to the contrary, our “for sale” House of Representatives passed the Food Fascism Act….euphemistically called a food safety act, by a margin of about 140 over the naysayer’s. True to form, Rosa DeLauro spoke about things she knows nothing about and couldn’t care less; Rosa just loves her some Monsanto! And that exclusion for farms??? Gone! And that includes you organic idiots who thought you had kissed enough behinds to have your industry excluded. The newly revised bill that appeared overnight after the original was defeated 29th of July, now includes all those farms we...
  • House passes far-reaching food safety bill

    07/31/2009 1:03:55 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 99 replies · 4,571+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | July 31, 2009 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    The House has passed a far-reaching food safety bill requiring more government inspections and imposing new penalties on those who violate the law, reacting strongly to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts that killed at least nine people. The legislation would require greater oversight of food manufacturers and give the Food and Drug Administration new authority to order recalls. It also would require the FDA to develop a system for better tracing food-borne illnesses. Food companies would be required to create detailed food safety plans. President Barack Obama praised the bill soon after it was passed, calling it "a major...
  • Public Health Physicians Expose Double Standard in the FDA's Study of Electronic Cigarettes

    07/28/2009 7:05:02 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 31 replies · 1,037+ views
    PR Log ^ | July 27, 2009 | Thomas R. Kiklas
    The FDA recently went public with misleading information about the safety of electronic cigarettes and the marketing of the devices, not only using its clout but recruiting other prominent organizations to demonize a product that has great public health benefit potential. A group of prominent doctors and tobacco researchers, including Dr. Michael Siegel at the Boston University School of Public Health, Dr. Joel Nitzkin of the AAPHP Tobacco Control Task Force, and Dr. Brad Rodu, Endowed Chair, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research University of Louisville, challenge the FDA to provide the full quantitative data of the study upon which the FDA...
  • FDA wrong about e-cigarettes, says FDA study

    07/27/2009 8:53:57 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 26 replies · 953+ views
    The Examiner ^ | July 26, 2009 | Cameron English
    Not satisfied with its efforts to ban tobacco and demonize its users, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now taking aim at a potentially healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are battery powered devices that emulate the look and feel of traditional cigarettes and deliver a vaporized nicotine solution directly to the lungs when smoked. The devices contain no tobacco and there is no combustion involved in their operation. They also contain far fewer carcinogens than other tobacco products, which may make them an excellent alternative to products like cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Despite...
  • HR 2749 - The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

    06/28/2009 4:56:19 AM PDT · by arthurus · 42 replies · 1,691+ views
    * HR 2749 would empower FDA to regulate how crops are raised and harvested. It puts the federal government right on the farm, dictating to our farmers. * HR 2749 would give FDA the power to order a quarantine of a geographic area, including "prohibiting or restricting the movement of food or of any vehicle being used or that has been used to transport or hold such food within the geographic area." Under this provision, farmers markets and local food sources could be shut down, even if they are not the source of the contamination. The agency can halt all...
  • FDA: Cheerios should now be considered drugs

    06/25/2009 10:20:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 1,053+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | June 25, 2009 | Zoe Romanowsky
    The Washington Times ran an editorial about the Food and Drug Administration's recent warning to General Mills, Inc. about two claims the company has placed on its Cheerios boxes. The marketing copy for Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal says that "Cheerios is clinically proven to reduce cholesterol 4 percent in 6 weeks" and that, "Cheerios can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, by lowering the 'bad' cholesterol." So what's wrong with that? Well, according to the FDA, that means Cheerios will now be categorized as drugs, and regulated as such. Susan Cruzan of the FDA's press...
  • First They Came for Cheerios

    06/22/2009 9:11:10 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 18 replies · 1,154+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 06/22/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Last week, there was a fairly obscure story that was treated mostly with amusement. President Obama isn't just rewriting rules regulating the environment and the financial markets -- he is also going after the food industry. Target and example No. 1: Cheerios. "Based on claims made on your product's label," the FDA said in a letter to manufacturer General Mills, "we have determined (Cheerios) is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for use in the prevention, mitigation and treatment of disease." If the government's enforcement action against Cheerios were to hold...
  • Obama Signs Bill Widening FDA Power Over Tobacco

    06/22/2009 2:15:39 PM PDT · by franky8 · 9 replies · 1,109+ views
    The law will force cigarette packs to carry graphic warnings and forbid the use of terms like "mild" and "low tar" in tobacco advertisements. By July 2011, the top half of the front and rear panels of cigarette boxes will consist of warnings. Government getting into social behaviour??? Reminds me of the SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING the government put into effect with the cigarette law by the FTC in 1973. Doesn't work! A colleague of mine was an FTC attorney who was one of the people responsible for enforcing the law. He told me at the time, "Of course nicotine is...
  • Obama, a Smoker, Signs Anti-Smoking Bill (Obambi in fall back position... poll numbers

    06/22/2009 11:55:48 AM PDT · by xtinct · 47 replies · 2,421+ views
    AOL ^ | 6/22/09 | staff
    President Barack Obama signed into law Monday an anti-smoking bill that will give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco. Obama, who has struggled to quit smoking, signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act during an event Monday in the Rose Garden. "I know how difficult it can be to break this habit," Obama said.
  • Obama to sign anti-smoking bill in Rose Garden(FDA to Regulate Tobacco)

    06/22/2009 7:15:08 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 68 replies · 7,774+ views ^ | June 22, 2009 5 hours ago |
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to sign into law an anti-smoking bill that will give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco. Obama is scheduled to sign the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act during an event Monday in the Rose Garden. The law allows the FDA to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings and block labels such "low tar" and "light." Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings.
  • F.D.A. Warns Against Use of Popular Cold Remedy

    06/16/2009 8:54:49 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 56 replies · 1,927+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 6/16/09 | Gardiner Harris
    Federal drug regulators warned consumers to stop using Zicam, a popular homeopathic cold remedy, because it could damage or destroy their sense of smell. The action is an early indication that the Obama administration is likely to take far more aggressive enforcement actions against drug companies than the Bush administration did.
  • FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell

    06/16/2009 9:48:23 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies · 2,480+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 6/16/09
    The FDA says consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products immediately. All the over-the-counter products contain zinc. Scientists say that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell.
  • Moving Towards Tobacco Prohibition

    06/15/2009 12:22:38 PM PDT · by GoldStandard · 24 replies · 1,167+ views
    Texas Straight Talk ^ | 06/15/2009 | Ron Paul
    Last week, another bill was passed and signed into law that takes more of our freedoms and violates the Constitution of the United States. It was, of course, done for the sake of the children, and in the name of the health of the citizenry. It’s always the case that when your liberty is seized, it is seized for your own good. Such is the condescension of Washington. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act will give sweeping new powers over tobacco to the FDA. It will require everyone engaged in manufacturing, preparing, compounding, or processing tobacco to register...
  • Senate Votes for FDA to Regulate Tobacco

    06/11/2009 1:26:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies · 3,117+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 11, 2009 | Z. BYRON WOLF and KATE BARRETT
    Years in the Making, Senate Votes to Give FDA Power to Regulate TobaccoTimes have changed now that even tobacco states have smoking bans. Today, after two weeks of wrangling and a decade of considering the change, the U.S. Senate endorsed increased regulation of tobacco. Senators voted 79-17 to regulate tobacco in the same way the government regulates everything else you put in your body -- from Froot Loops to aspirin. Watch "World News With Charles Gibson" tonight at 6:30 ET for the full report. At Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, organization president Matthew L. Myers called the vote "a truly historic...
  • FED War on Cigs

    06/11/2009 11:23:15 PM PDT · by Deagle · 68 replies · 1,691+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | June, 6, 1909 | Drudge Report
    Just another example of the Federal takeover of individual rights.
  • Cheerios is a drug, the FDA says

    05/30/2009 5:18:33 AM PDT · by FromLori · 84 replies · 2,559+ views
    Based on the long-time claim by General Mills that its Cheerios cereal can lower cholesterol by 4 percent in just six weeks — when part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, of course — the Food and Drug Administration has admonished the giant breakfast cereal producer and said those claims mean the little round “o’s” of oats are to be considered a drug. Simply by indicating the cereal is intended for use as a cholesterol-lowering product, it now falls under the FDA regulations regarding drugs, and because it’s a “new” drug by definition — never mind that...
  • Obama's Latest Troubling Appointments with the FDA

    05/20/2009 7:24:43 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 508+ views
    The president tapped into broadly held public sentiment in his radio address on Saturday, calling for reform at the Food and Drug Administration. But understanding why his assertion that the government can ensure "the medicines we take...don't cause harm" is simplistic can also help us understand why his choice for the person who will have that impossible responsibility is folly. In naming Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as deputy commissioner, the president decided that absolute drug safety should come first--even at the cost of the drugs' availability to sick patients. That doesn't bode well for our chances of getting the new medications...
  • Warning Letter (To General Mills from the FDA regarding Cheerios)

    05/13/2009 6:56:25 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 144 replies · 6,004+ views
    FDA ^ | 05/05/2009 | W. Charles Becoat
    May 5,2009 WARNING LETTER CERTIFIED MAIL RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED Refer to MIN 09 -18 Ken Powell Chairman of the Board and CEO General Mills One General Mills Boulevard Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426 Dear Mr. Powell: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the label and labeling of your Cheerios® Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal. FDA's review found serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). You can find copies of the Act and these regulations through links in FDA's home page at
  • Popular Cheerios cereal is a 'drug': U.S. FDA

    WASHINGTON — Popular U.S. breakfast cereal Cheerios is a drug, at least if the claims made on the label by its manufacturer General Mills are anything to go by, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. "Based on claims made on your product's label, we have determined that your Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug," the FDA said in a letter to General Mills which was posted on the federal agency's website Tuesday.
  • Obama’s Choice to Lead F.D.A. Doesn’t Shy Away From Difficult Situations

    05/07/2009 1:04:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 534+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 7, 2009 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Appointed in 1991 to serve as acting health commissioner of New York City, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg inherited urgent problems, a spare budget and a divided and demoralized staff. The Food and Drug Administration could have a familiar feel for her. The turnaround that she engineered is exactly what the Obama administration is hoping she will achieve at the drug agency, which is reeling from a host of similar problems. On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will consider whether to confirm Dr. Hamburg as F.D.A. commissioner. The hearing was moved up a week in the wake...
  • The Future of the American Medicine Cabinet - All the wrong people are excited about Obama's...

    03/19/2009 2:20:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 703+ views
    Reason ^ | March 17, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
    All the wrong people are excited about Obama's FDA picks.Over the weekend, President Barack Obama nominated Margaret Hamburg to serve as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Joshua Sharfstein to serve as principal deputy commissioner of the agency.The FDA regulates about a quarter of all the consumer products that Americans buy, which roughly equals $1 trillion. Many analysts predict that Hamburg and Sharfstein will divvy up their functions in the agency with Hamburg focusing chiefly on food issues and Sharfstein being charge of drugs and medical devices. What should we expect? To some extent, their...
  • FDA Pick Was NYC Health Chief

    03/11/2009 8:05:12 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 2 replies · 359+ views
    WAPO ^ | 3/11/09 | Rob Stein and Lyndsey Layton
    The Obama administration has tapped Margaret A. Hamburg, a physician and former New York City health commissioner with an interest in bioterrorism, to run the struggling Food and Drug Administration, according to people familiar with the choice. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, will serve as Hamburg's chief deputy, according to these sources. Sharfstein won national attention when he took on the drug industry and petitioned the FDA in 2007 to restrict the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medications for young children.
  • Margaret Hamburg said to be Obama's pick to head the FDA (picture tells all you need to know)

    03/11/2009 8:29:59 PM PDT · by pissant · 117 replies · 8,466+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/11/09 | Naom Levy
    Reporting from Washington -- President Obama has decided to nominate former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to head the Food and Drug Administration, turning to a onetime Clinton administration official to help right the beleaguered regulatory agency, a source briefed on the choice said Wednesday. Hamburg, 53, a physician who has worked extensively on bioterrorism issues, is a senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based foundation focused on threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
  • Drug Importation in Obama's Blueprint

    Inferior toys, contaminated food supply and now our Pharmaceuticals are at risk. Included in the budget is a provision that would allow the importation of foreign, non-patented, non-FDA approved pharmaceutical drugs. It also has a provision that "supports” not mandates the FDA's new efforts on importing drugs. Imported drugs also create an artificial price control that hinders the drug companies from trying to recoup the research and development costs, leading to few new and quickly approve drugs.
  • CNN Guest on Embryo Destruction: 'Religious Right' Also Opposed Anesthesia and Cornea Transplants

    01/23/2009 8:20:53 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 667+ views ^ | 01/23/2009 | Matthew Balan
    During a segment on Friday's Newsroom program, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen heralded the FDA's approval of the first human clinical trial involving embryo-destroying stem cell research. Cohen then gave a soft interview of the president and CEO of the company involved in the trial, who made the bizarre claim that new medical breakthroughs, including corneal transplants and anesthesia for women in childbirth, were supposedly "always met with concerns from the Religious Right" in the past. Cohen did not follow-up to this statement by the CEO. The segment, which began 17 minutes into the 11 am Eastern hour of...
  • FDA approves human embryonic stem cell study

    01/23/2009 7:39:34 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 481+ views
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2009
    (CNN) -- Federal regulators have cleared the way for the first human trials of human embryonic stem-cell research, authorizing researchers to test whether the cells are safe to use in spinal injury patients, the company behind the trials announced Friday. The tests could begin by summer, said Dr. Thomas Okarma, president and CEO of the Geron Corporation. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the trials, which will use human stem cells authorized for research by then-President George W. Bush in 2001. The patients will be those with the most severe spinal cord injuries, called complete spinal cord injuries. "A...
  • Obama May Pick Abortion Drug Promoter for FDA Chief

    01/08/2009 9:32:42 AM PST · by SErtelt · 9 replies · 649+ views ^ | January 8, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- If anyone had any question about whether Barack Obama would promote the increase or reduction of abortions as president, the abortion advocates he's named to top administration posts confirm his agenda. Now, Obama appears likely to select the FDA chief who oversaw the abortion drug for a second stint.