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  • Cigar--Good News on the FDA Front

    08/09/2017 9:16:14 AM PDT · by cgbg · 11 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 8, 2017 | cgbg
    Tampa's premium cigar dealers aren't ready to light a stogie in victory yet, but they have more time now to argue against proposed federal regulations that would add to their costs.
  • City of Chicago Taking the State of Illinois Down the Chute with It

    07/09/2017 8:52:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 7/9/17 | Jean Tierney
    The real reason for Illinois' collapsing financial situation is being withheld from its citizens. According to the latest Natural News health blog, "When a single state in America must now pay over half a billion dollars per month just to barely keep up with what it owes the medical system, you know something has gone terribly wrong and the system is unsustainable." "Illinois is being bankrupted by Big Pharma," continues Natural News publisher Mike Adams who is an advocate of Natural Medicine and healing practices not acceptable to the Federal Drug Administration, “because Americans are being held captive by the...
  • Sam Girod Gets 6 years in Prison for Herbal Salve

    07/08/2017 12:51:11 PM PDT · by Twotone · 43 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | July 7, 2017 | Unknown
    Sam Girod was sentenced to six years in federal prison for making herbal salve without the king’s permission, plus $1300 in what are essentially court costs, plus over $14,000 in restitution to his victims. He will also have three years of supervised release, is barred from owning firearms, and is barred from making any product regulated by the FDA. Sam will not be forced to undergo court ordered drug testing. After a few brief opening remarks, Judge Danny Reeves described the sentencing procedure. It’s not a simple nor straight forward procedure. It seemed deliberately complicated, which in the federal government...
  • Now Hear This!

    06/13/2017 5:02:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    I'm technically disabled -- but not mentally disabled the way some of my foes on CNN seem to believe I am. No, my disability is hearing loss. In one ear I'm nearly deaf. I have to turn the TV up so loud the neighbors say they can hear it from their house next door. My friends complain that watching TV with me is like watching Garrett Morris on "Saturday Night Live" shout into the camera to provide news for the hard of hearing. There are some 30 million Americans like me suffering from severe to moderate hearing loss. Not being...
  • Jelly Belly sued by woman claiming she didn't know jelly beans contain sugar

    05/25/2017 9:13:51 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 93 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/25/17 | Fox News Staff
    When it comes to food, it turns out you can sue over just about anything these days. A California woman is suing the makers of Jelly Belly jelly beans, claiming she was tricked into believing one of the company's candy products was free of sugar. The plaintiff, Jessica Gomez of San Bernadino County, first brought the case against the candy company earlier this year, blaming "fancy phrasing" for her confusion over the ingredients, according to Legal News Line.
  • Senate confirms Trump's FDA pick

    05/09/2017 2:53:57 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Gottlieb, a former FDA director and deputy commissioner under former President George W. Bush, was confirmed in a 57-42 vote. He will replace Robert Califf, the acting FDA chief who was appointed last year by former President Barack Obama. “As a practicing physician with a wealth of policy experience, Dr. Gottlieb has the necessary qualifications to lead the FDA at this critical time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
  • FDA May Make Too Many Pizza Toppings a Crime

    05/02/2017 5:26:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 67 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | David Rosenthal
    Jenny Craig can’t arrest you if you miscount your calories, but the federal government could if a new calorie-counting rule takes effect. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments” (79 FR 71155) rule is scheduled to take effect on May 5. The 105-page rule implements Obama-era amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which sets national standards for the marketing and labeling of food products. .. To face one year in prison for putting too many pepperonis on a pizza? Everybody laughs and smiles,...
  • FDA officially bans Texas' attempted import of execution drugs

    04/21/2017 6:39:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/20/2017 | Jolie McCullough
    Almost two years after Texas tried to import an execution drug from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled Thursday that the drug can’t be admitted into the United States. In July 2015, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice tried to import 1,000 vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that the state has previously used in executions, but the FDA seized the drugs at a Houston airport and has held them ever since. The federal agency has maintained that the import of the drug is illegal because it is not currently approved in the U.S. In a statement, the...
  • A Fight Worth Having

    03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/2017 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    One day in late spring in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, FDA inspectors visited the headquarters of Sargento cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin—a routine visit as part of the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety of the food we eat. The inspectors took samples of cheese to test for bacteria. Sargento conducted tests on cheese from the same lot. A week later, the results from both sets of tests were in—the cheese was bacteria-free. Sargento, having gotten the all-clear from the government, shipped the cheese to stores across the country. Two months later, however, the FDA...
  • Montana Man Fined $85,000 by FDA for Making Natural Products that Harmed No One

    03/09/2017 10:03:02 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 92 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 03-09-2017 | Tim Brown
    A Livingston, Montana man has been faced with fines of $85,000 by the Food and Drug Administration for developing and selling topical bloodroot and graviola products, even though no one was injured in the process of either the manufacture or sale of the products. Toby McAdam, owner of Risingsun Health, whose website is BloodrootProducts.com, manufactured black salves, oils and capsules as a treatment for diseases, including skin cancer.  In 2010, the US Justice Department brought a case against him and his company on behalf of the FDA. McAdam did claim that some of his products did treat breast cancer, asthma and...
  • Amish Farmer Faces 68 Years in Prison for Making Natural Product

    02/20/2017 9:17:16 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 84 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-20-2017 | Tim Brown
    This is yet another reason why the Food and Drug Administration should be abolished.  A 56-year-old Amish farmer is now facing 68 years in federal prison because he made a natural health product. Samuel Girod is the father of twelve and grandfather of 25.  He produces natural products in his own kitchen.  Since 2015, he has been facing a 12-count federal indictment. WKYT reports: Girod's troubles started back in 2013 when someone reported his products to the state health department in Missouri. A federal judge in Missouri put an injunction in place, banning Girod from making some of his products...
  • Dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in can

    02/08/2017 7:43:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    breaking911.com ^ | 2/8/17 | breaking911
    According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement released Friday, Evanger’s, a family-owned and -operated cat and dog food business, decided to voluntarily recall five lots of the product – all of the Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured that same week. The products were distributed to retail locations and sold online in these states: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Hunk of Beef is Evanger’s best-selling food. Pets nationwide consume more than one million cans of the product each year, the company said in a...
  • Will Trump Appoint a Great FDA Commissioner?

    01/23/2017 7:33:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | January 23, 2017 | Alex Tabarrok
    As someone who has written about FDA reform for many years it’s gratifying that all of the people whose names have been floated for FDA Commissioner would be excellent, including Balaji Srinivasan, Jim O’Neill, Joseph Gulfo, and Scott Gottlieb. Each of these candidates understands two important facts about the FDA. First, that there is fundamental tradeoff–longer and larger clinical trials mean that the drugs that are approved are safer but at the price of increased drug lag and drug loss. Unsafe drugs create concrete deaths and palpable fear but drug lag and drug loss fill invisible graveyards. We need an...
  • Herbal And Dietary Supplements—Buyer Beware

    01/19/2017 10:58:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/19/17 | Jack Dini
    Of the fifty-one thousand products introduced since 1994, only 170 (0.3 percent) have any documentation of their safety Americans spend more than $32 billion a year on more than 85,000 different combinations of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, and other supplement ingredients. 1 While it costs millions of dollars to develop and substantiate a pharmaceutical product, selling supplements requires no such investment. And new products are easily sold as supplements. The only common feature among them, as defined by the FDA, is that these are edible things not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases. However, this is...
  • Surgeon General's Attacks On E-Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health

    12/15/2016 5:14:26 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2016 | Staff
    Safety: Shortly after the Surgeon General denounced e-cigarettes as a terrible public health threat to young people, a national survey showed that his fears are misguided, and his proposed "remedies" could cause more harm than good. The definitive Monitoring the Future survey found that "vaping" rates among teenagers dropped sharply between 2015 — the first year the survey asked about e-cigarette use — and last year. The share of high school seniors who reported vaping in the previous month, for example, went from 16.3% to 12.5%. At the same time, smoking rates among teens continue to fall. Just 10% of...
  • Trouble for the FDA?

    12/10/2016 8:27:47 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 33 replies
    Neurologicablog ^ | 9 December 2016 | Steven Novella
    There is persistent tension over the issue of drug regulations. On one side are those who think that before we sell drugs to the public with health claims, we should ensure there is a reasonable amount of objective quality scientific evidence to demonstrate that the drugs are safe and effective. I admit this is the side of the discussion on which I fall... The other perspective is that requiring too much research and regulation slows the passage of potentially new and lifesaving drugs to the public. Potentially useful drugs should be fast tracked as much as possible. In the extreme...
  • How Can You Tell A Good Trump Pick? By The Establishment Freakout

    12/09/2016 4:00:16 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/8/2016 | Staff
    Regulations: An easy way to tell whether one of Donald Trump's leadership picks is a good one is to gauge the freakout level among the left. By that measure alone, the person Trump is considering as head of the Food and Drug Administration would be an outstanding choice. Jim O'Neill, whose name got floated this week, is a managing director at of Trump pal Peter Thiel's Mithril Capital Management. In addition to private sector experience, O'Neill worked at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bush. But he's also — gasp! — a libertarian! Thus, we're seeing headlines...
  • Senate Clears Bill to Ease FDA Drug and Device Approvals

    12/07/2016 2:50:18 PM PST · by oblomov · 11 replies
    7 Dec 2016 ^ | Thomas M. Burton
    WASHINGTON—Passage of legislation aimed at speeding up Food and Drug Administration approvals, combined with an incoming president who has pledged to “cut red tape” at the agency, is expected to usher in a new, more industry-friendly era of drug and device regulation. The Senate on Wednesday cleared the measure known as the 21st Century Cures bill, which lays out in detail speedier and more pro-industry methods for the FDA to approve new drugs and medical devices. Its supporters, such as PhRMA, the drug-industry association, and AdvaMed, representing device makers, praise it as a way to bring about more innovation and...
  • Walgreen's $140 Million Lawsuit Shows Theranos Is Way Worse Than We Thought

    11/23/2016 11:10:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    Thrill List ^ | 11/23/2016, 2:58 PM | By Christina Stiehl
    <p>Theranos, the biotech company started by a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, has another hurdle to cross in its whole "we're totally a legit blood-testing company" campaign. This time, it turns out that tens of thousands of blood tests were voided, making them totally invalid. Whoops!</p>
  • Theranos's Insane Campaign To Punish Whistleblower, Who Happened To Be Famous Boardmember's Grandson

    11/21/2016 7:48:00 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | Mon, Nov 21st 2016 5:13pm | by Mike Masnick
    We haven't really written much about the insane Theranos scandal, though we discussed it on our podcast. The whole story is pretty crazy -- involving a heavily hyped up company that appeared to basically be flat out lying to everyone about what it could do. The company still exists, but barely. The company's founder and CEO, who was plastered across magazine covers and compared frequently to Steve Jobs, has been banned from running a lab for two years, and the company is now facing a $140 million lawsuit from its biggest partner, Walgreens, who claims that Theranos repeatedly lied to...