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  • A Crime No Man Can Commit:

    07/16/2014 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Given the link between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birth defects, should expectant mothers who drink be arrested for assault? If not, it is hard to see why Mallory Loyola is in jail. Loyola, who was arrested last week after giving birth to a baby girl who tested positive for amphetamine, is the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes drug consumption by pregnant women. The law, ostensibly aimed at protecting children, is really about punishing what its chief sponsor described as "the worst of the worst": women who not only use arbitrarily proscribed intoxicants...
  • The FDA Is Now Policing Facebook Likes

    07/10/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is protecting consumer rights in a bold new way–by policing companies’ Facebook pages.Zarbee’s Naturals, a producer of “safe and effective natural [cough] remedies” for children, was sent a warning letter by the FDA for liking comments on its Facebook page implying that its products “are intended for use as drugs.”Zarbee’s products were designed specifically for children too young for FDA-approved medications and have not been reviewed by the FDA. Happy customers posted their approval on the company’s Facebook page, saying things like “Love Zarbee’s this is the only medicine we use for our 2...
  • State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

    06/27/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 6-27-2014 | Alex DeMarban
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizens group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site. The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it, said a statement released by state health and environmental officials. The FDA review was based on a sampling plan developed by the departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services,...
  • Fight Over 'Little Pink Pill' Raises Sexism Questions

    06/26/2014 9:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO, JACKIE JESKO and LAUREN EFFRON LAUREN EFFRON More From Lauren Digital Producer
    Its called the little pink pill, a tiny tablet that could have a huge impact on treating female sexual dysfunction. If its approved, it would become the first drug of its kind on the market. But thats a big IF. The drug Flibanserin is locked in a heated battle for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raising controversial questions about why there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women. Cindy Whitehead, the founder and COO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company focused on producing only Flibanserin, has been fighting for...
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • The Aged Cheese Stink

    06/22/2014 4:50:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Im no cheese expert. But I know what I like. And I prefer interesting cheese to the mostly mass-produced product I see on supermarket shelves. Why? A failure of capitalism? No. Blame the FDA for todays mediocrity in cheese. The milk product industry has been heavily regulated, subsidized, and managed since FDRs time, at least. And its mostly gotten worse. Government, like cheese, ages to perfection. By which I mean, when it comes to government, perfectly foolish. The most famous government cheese problem (the government buying and storing huge quantities of the stuff to raise consumer prices and therefore stabilize...
  • CBS: Rick Perry "stepped right in it" comparing gays to alcoholics

    06/20/2014 10:51:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/20/2014 | LINDSEY BOERMA
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry probably shouldn't have attempted to make the case that gay people can "decide not to" be gay despite genetic predisposition, he conceded Thursday, offering no semblance of an apology but trying instead to rally attention back to his message about jobs and the economy. "I got asked about an issue," Perry, a Republican, explained during a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "And instead of saying, 'You know what? We need to be a really respectful and tolerant country - to everybody - and get back to talking about: Whether you're gay or straight, you...
  • The Obama Administration Wants Americans To Stop Eating So Much Salt

    06/18/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The FDA, perhaps still smarting from the recent artisanal cheese kerfuffle, is setting its sights on a bigger target: salt.“The current level of [sodium] consumption is really higher than it should be,” said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. That’s why they’re preparing “voluntary guidelines” for the food industry encouraging them to stay below certain salt levels.While the guidelines will initially be voluntary, health groups are lobbying for mandatory standards — lobbying that will only grow more intense if businesses refuse to comply once the standards are released. If businesses don’t go light on the salt “then FDA should start a process...
  • Former Employee of 'Big Cheese' Wrote FDA Letter that Put NY Cheese Maker Out of Work

    06/14/2014 10:37:36 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/13/2014 | Barbara Boland
    CNSNews.com has confirmed that Monica Metz, the FDA employee who wrote the letter that said "the use of wooden shelves... for cheese ripening does not conform to cGMP requirements," previously worked for Leprino Foods, the largest mozzarella producer in the world. In other words, Metz, a former employee of "big cheese," used her position at the FDA to write a letter that would have obliterated the artisanal cheese making industry (or "small cheese.") The FDA put at least one New York cheese maker out of business for "a 'repeat violation' involving aging cheese on wood," but the Agency now says...
  • 7 Reasons You Should Be Troubled by the FDAs Cheese-Aging Regulations

    06/11/2014 6:12:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    It's been a weird few days for people who love good cheese, particularly wheels of American farmstead cheese aged on wooden boards: Last week, it seemed as if the FDA had moved to ban aging cheese on wood, a practice almost as old as coagulated dairy itself and the production aspect that turns Comt into, well, Comt. New York's Department of Agriculture got curious as to why the agency had all of a sudden cited several producers for doing something New York and practically every other state permit, so the FDA replied it was simply enforcing long-standing policy, not doing...
  • Who Owns You?

    06/11/2014 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Darcy Olsen, president of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, and Richard Garr, president of Neuralstem, a biotech company, wrote "Right to Try experimental drugs" in USA Today (5/28/2014). They pointed out that "this year, more than 5,000 Americans will lose their battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease." Up until recently, there was no medicine on the market that significantly improved the lives of ALS patients. But now there is one in clinical trials that holds considerable promise, but it has not been granted Food and Drug Administration approval. The average amount of time it takes to get a...
  • FDA Bans Wood from Cheese-Making; Industry Decries 'Devastating Development'

    06/11/2014 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it will not allow cheese makers use wooden boards to age their cheese - a ruling that would effectively wipe out artisanal cheeses.The FDA's ruling came to light after several cheese makers in New York were cited - despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards."Reports showed that the porous structure of wood made it susceptible to the colonization of bacteria on the surface and inside the wood," Monica Metz, the branch chief for the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Dairy and Egg Branch, wrote...
  • New federal ruling may outlaw Parmesan and more

    06/10/2014 2:47:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2014 | by Jonathan Kauffman
    Gabe Luddy, fourth-generation cheesemaker at Vella Cheese Co. in Sonoma, makes his Dry Jack the same way his grandfather and great-grandfather did - he rolls and presses curds into large wheels of cheese, then brines and coats the wheels before sliding them onto wooden racks. There they age, from seven months to several years. A U.S. Food & Drug Administration statement which became public last week puts this 83-year-old practice in doubt. In what the agency is calling a clarification, the FDA has declared that the wooden surfaces that cheesemakers around the world age cheeses on "cannot be adequately cleaned...
  • Cheeseboarding

    06/09/2014 8:47:13 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 58 replies
    Simple Justice ^ | 06/09/2014 | Scott H. Greenfield
    Old guy in the cell: What are you in for? New guy in the cell: I aged cheese on wooden boards. Old guy: Oh. (Moves away slowly.) From Walter Olson at Overlawyered, the FDA has interpreted the Food Safety Modernization Act to preclude the aging of cheese on wood boards. Much as you may not think this touches your life, it does if you happen to enjoy any better cheese than velveeta. From CheeseUnderground: A sense of disbelief and distress is quickly rippling through the U.S. artisan cheese community, as the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced...
  • Hope Comes to RHOB 2123--Fred Upton Leads a Cure Strategy for the 21st Century

    05/11/2014 11:22:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | James A. Pinkerton
    The white-marble Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington DC, looks like a giant courts building or a central bank, fully intimidating and imposing in its hulking stony blockiness. And the US Congress, of course, is an institution best known for its tedium, albeit a tedium that is regularly punctuated by fiery partisan combat. On a typical day, the Rayburn building--acronymed as RHOB--is a place where politicos and bureaucrats struggle for and against some special interest, yea or nay, on regulation or appropriation. And the biggest single activity in RHOB, or in any of the other five office edifices on Capitol...
  • Glycemic Control For Fun And Litigation

    05/09/2014 9:04:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/9/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The latest bad news concerns one more of the ill-fated thiazolidinediones (TZDs). This class of drugs was introduced in the late 1990s, and includes Avandia, Actos, and Rezulin. TZDs are PPAR-gamma agonists, meaning that they activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, especially the gamma receptor. Such activation affects certain metabolic processes, and among other things, insulin resistance is reduced. Rezulinnotoriously fast-tracked by FDAwas withdrawn from the market in 2000, in the wake of scores of liver failures and deaths. Pfizer, the manufacturer, was on the hook for upwards of $750 million in damages. At the time, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDAs...
  • Take Your Stinking Paws Off My Cigars, You Dirty Bureaucrats

    05/06/2014 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    For reasons passing understanding, the FDA announced recently that it was moving forward with invoking its authority to regulate cigars, along with other forms of tobacco. Its a part of the Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in 2009, which gave the agency the option of casting its net down on cigars at the time of its choosing. In other words it was only a matter of time before bureaucrats decided to be bureaucrats. Its not set into stone, yet. Between now and July 9 the FDA will accept comments on its proposals, at which point it will the...
  • Food regulators get food poisoning at own conference (VIDEO)

    04/29/2014 5:17:08 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 10 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/29/14 | Austin Petersen
    The government bureaucrats who regulate and inspect our food for a living may be less than competent at scrutinizing their own meals. The national Food Safety Summit was attended by 1,300 food safety officials, including agents of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control as well as a number of large businesses. Officials hired the Baltimore Convention Center and its food service provider, Centerplate, to host and cater the event. A couple of our folks indicated that they had experienced symptoms associated with food poisoning after the summit, said FDA spokeswoman Juli Putnam.
  • Food poisoning fells more than 100 at Maryland food safety summit

    04/29/2014 4:25:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/29/14 | Lindsay Dunsmuir- Reuters
    (Reuters) - A U.S. food safety summit in Maryland earlier this month has become a cautionary tale after more than 100 attendees came down with suspected food poisoning. Most of those affected complained of diarrhea, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Local health officials have heard from about 400 of the 1,300 attendees and are at a loss as to the exact cause of their illness. The April 8-10 meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center included representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and food...
  • Comment on FDA's proposed deeming regulations on e-cigs. 75 days public comment period has started.

    04/25/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 3 replies
    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Thank you for http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=23150e34359d1e932f1289742b953a8f8e720edd2808049ece878ad77ece739c your petition on electronic cigarettes . First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them. Some background, which you may already know: The http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=415c7a37f7f49244144907eba0707664a199c6968e1eda7adcc80fc526afbde7 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=8b835bfd0f3ef363fa53fcef37ebc441c01a390924a58f216c1aae96f51dadc2 Federal Food, Drug, &...
  • Comment on FDA's proposed deeming regulations on e-cigs. 75 days public comment period has started.

    04/25/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 30 replies
    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Thank you for http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=23150e34359d1e932f1289742b953a8f8e720edd2808049ece878ad77ece739c your petition on electronic cigarettes . First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them. Some background, which you may already know: The http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=415c7a37f7f49244144907eba0707664a199c6968e1eda7adcc80fc526afbde7 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=8b835bfd0f3ef363fa53fcef37ebc441c01a390924a58f216c1aae96f51dadc2 Federal Food, Drug, &...
  • FDA reviews psychiatric side effects of Chantix (Pfizers stop-smoking drug)

    04/25/2014 9:42:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 11:19 AM EDT | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will convene a public meeting in October to review the risks of psychiatric and behavioral side effects with Pfizers anti-smoking drug Chantix. [] Since 2009, Chantix has carried the governments strongest safety warninga black box labelbecause of links to hostility, agitation, depression and suicidal thoughts. The warning was added after the FDA received dozens of reports of suicide and hundreds of reports of suicidal behavior among patients taking the smoking-cessation drug.
  • Cigars and the FDA

    04/24/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-09491.pdfThis is the docket reading
  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    04/24/2014 10:39:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 24 April 2014 | Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld
    The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label food products containing genetically modified ingredients.Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted he will sign a bill state lawmakers passed Wednesday mandating that foods with GMOs be labeled as having been produced with "genetic engineering." The bill would also make it illegal for foods with GMOs to be labeled "all natural" or "natural."While Maine and Connecticut have already passed GMO labeling bills, those bills contain clauses that keep them from going into effect until surrounding states pass similar rules. Vermont's bill would go into effect on...
  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco

    04/23/2014 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 12:34 AM EDT | Michael Felberbaum
    The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued Thursday would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
  • Too Many Federal Agencies Have Created Their Own Private Armies

    04/21/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    TRNS ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Istook
    Does the Environmental Protection Agency really need armed agents? Outside of law enforcement, federal agencies now employ over 25,000 people as armed agents. They are more than guards. Theyve become like private armies that can push around private citizens. Over 70 non-military federal agencies now have their own armed agents. You expect armed agents with the FBI, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Border Patrol. But the EPA? The Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, even the Social Security Administration and the National Institutes of Health? Even the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban...
  • Are Diet Supplements Dangerous? : The FDA Cannot Keep Up

    04/10/2014 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/10/2014 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    If something is either essential or good for the health, surely more of it must be good for you? Such at any rate is the reasoning of half the American population who, between them spend more than $30 billion on dietary supplements, that is to say $200 a head per annum. All things considered, these supplements must be pretty safe, unlike prescription drugs, for few people die or have serious side-effects from them. Whether they do any good, other than as placebos, is another question entirely of course.According to an article in a recent edition of the New England...
  • The War on Raw Milk

    04/07/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 32 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | April 7, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow for the sale of raw milk, i.e., unpasteurized milk. Their Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would make it legal for certified dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk products without harassment and criminal prosecution on the part of the FDA. If enacted, this would be a major victory for those who are health conscious and understand the grievous misperception by our medical establishment regarding the safety of raw milk. The distribution of raw milk has been banned in the U.S. since inception of the pasteurization...
  • Armys injectable bandage can stop heavy bleeding during golden hour

    04/07/2014 9:55:01 AM PDT · by Freeport · 16 replies
    DefenceSystems ^ | Apr 07, 2014 | Kevin McCaney
    Its a surprisingly straightforward invention that could go a long way toward saving lives on the battlefielda syringe-like device that essentially injects bandages into deep wounds to prevent bleeding. Developed by the Combat Casualty Care Research Program of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md., the XSTAT looks like a large syringe and contains small cellulose sponges that, once injected, expand to fill a wound. Designed for use against large, deep injuries, its intended to be used on wounds around joints such as the shoulder or groin, where medics couldnt apply a tourniquet, or wounds...
  • E-cigarette rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says

    04/05/2014 11:32:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 4, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.</p> <p>FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told senators at a Congressional budget hearing that it has taken too long to move the rule forward and that she expects the proposal to be ready for release "very soon."</p>
  • Potential FDA Move on Recycling Grain Could Spike Beer Prices

    04/04/2014 5:38:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    KVDR ^ | April 4, 2014 | Shaul Turner
    Beer-makers in Colorado are upset about a proposal to keep them from recycling their used grain, and it could affect how much you pay for a beer this summer. The Food and Drug Administration wants to stop beer brewers from selling their leftover grain to ranches so it can be used as food for cattle. Its not a requirement yet, but beer-makers make money off their used grain and say the new regulation would force them to dump millions of tons of it instead of recycling. The grains are used barley, wheat and other grains that are steeped in hot...
  • FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

    04/03/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:20 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard and Mary Clare Jalonick
    Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. Doctors could prescribe it for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or a medicine cabinet. Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin.
  • Whats the most expensive ingredient in beer? Taxes! (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/1/2014 | Ian Huyett
    Obama's & His Dark Sayings; The Wrath of God On America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrp6wUkTGjY
  • Beer brewers push back against proposed FDA rule restricting use of old grains

    04/01/2014 5:06:39 AM PDT · by workerbee · 21 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/1/14
    <p>Beer brewers are objecting to a proposed federal rule that would make it harder for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed instead of throwing them away.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration rule change would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers.</p>
  • Bullies Rule

    03/26/2014 4:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    We're told government protects us, but protectors quickly become bullies. Take the Food and Drug Administration. It seems like the most helpful part of government: It supervises testing to make sure greedy drug companies don't sell us dangerous stuff. The FDA's first big success was stopping thalidomide, a drug that prevented the nausea of morning sickness. It was approved first in Europe, where some mothers who took it proceeded to give birth to children with no arms and legs. The FDA didn't discover the problems with thalidomide. It was just slow. The drug application was stuck in the FDA's bureaucracy....
  • FDA has continuously warned against condom use for anal sex - its time to sue Planned Parenthood

    03/24/2014 6:45:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | by Rita Diller
    March 20, 2014 (STOPP.org) - Planned Parenthood pushes condoms continuously. Use condoms for anal sex to prevent disease transmission, it says. The condom mantra is at the heart of all the comprehensive sex ed programs. Yet, Representative Bob McDermott, who is tenaciously fighting the Planned Parenthood-promoted Pono Choices sex program aimed at middle school children in Hawaii, pointed out as early as February 3 that the FDA has warned about the dangers of using condoms for anal sex and that Pono Choices fails to pass those warnings on to students. In fact, the FDA says on its website that anal...
  • TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau gets 10-year sentence

    03/17/2014 7:08:00 PM PDT · by opentalk · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) - Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother's Social Security number in a scheme. ... defense attorney Tom Kirsch said the harm Trudeau caused...
  • New food labels will have super-size calorie counts (Michelle supported FDA proposal)

    02/27/2014 2:53:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 21 replies
    New 'Nutrition Facts' labels on packages will let families know whether their food has added sugars for the first time while reflecting more realistic portion sizes. Calorie counts will also be in larger, bolder type under the label changes being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, which were announced by Michelle Obama on Tuesday. Under the changes, serving sizes would be based on what people actually eat, rather than what they should eat. A serving of ice cream, for example, would be half a pint, rather than a quarter of a pint. Both 12-ounce and 20-ounce soda bottles will...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • FDA pulls cigarette brand from stores

    02/22/2014 4:29:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time on Friday used its authority under a 2009 law to remove cigarettes from stores.The FDA is forcing Jash International to stop selling and distributing its line of Sutra Bidi tobacco products in the U.S., and is giving retailers 30 days to pull the products from shelves. ADVERTISEMENT Existing inventory may be subject to enforcement action, including seizure, without further notice, the FDA said in a release. Companies that continue to sell and distribute these products in the United States may be subject to enforcement actions by the FDA.The FDA said...
  • FDA Appears Set to Approve Creating Human Embryos With Three Parents

    02/21/2014 2:25:26 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    An experimental technique for creating embryos with three biological parents appears to be moving toward an okay from the FDA. Ostensibly to prevent mitochondrial disease, the experiment would use one genetically modified egg (with the nucleus from another egg), and sperm to create a new human life via IVF.Now, an FDA committee is holding hearings (on Feb 25-26) to determine whether to allow the technique to be used to bring babies to birth. From the Science story: In the United States, FDA has said it has the power to regulate any transfer of mitochondrial DNA in embryos, because it is...
  • Uproar over ObamaCares menu rules

    02/19/2014 8:54:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Goad
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to finalizing a rule requiring calorie labels on vending machines and at restaurants and similar retail food establishments. Proposed in 2011, the regulations stem from the Affordable Care Act and are designed to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress intent and...
  • New rules announced to ensure safety of infant formula

    02/06/2014 4:09:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 6, 2014 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is laying out new requirements to ensure the safety of infant formula. The rules announced Thursday are designed to make sure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens before they are distributed. They would also require formula companies to include specific nutrients, including proteins, fats and vitamins.
  • Look at the FDA's First-Ever Campaign Against Youth Tobacco Use

    02/04/2014 6:47:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 4, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    The Food and Drug Administration is launching a new campaign against youth tobacco use. "The Real Cost" advertisements graphically depict the health consequences of smoking, such as tooth loss and skin damage. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, death, and disability in the U.S. Every day, more than 3,200 Americans under age 18 try their first cigarette, and more than 700 become regular smokers. The FDA is targeting its efforts toward the 10 million Americans ages 12 to 17 who have never smoked a cigarette but are open to it. "We know that early intervention is critical,...
  • Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera that comes in a PILL

    02/04/2014 9:12:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-4-14 | Daily Mail Reporter
    There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that's much less intrusive? Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible...
  • Pill Cam, Alternative to Colonoscopy approved by FDA

    02/04/2014 3:31:10 AM PST · by Pharmer1
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 2/4/2014 | pharmer1
    Did Belarusian programmers supply some of the Obamacare network software? Inquiring minds want to know..... Programmers linked to the government of Belarus claim to have supplied some of the code used in the Obamacare website. Valery Tsepkalo, of the Belarus government backed High Technology Park in Minsk, claimed (on Voice of Russia radio) that the HHS "is one of our clients" and that "we are helping Obama complete his insurance reform..... Our programmers wrote the program that appears on the monitors in all hospitals and all insurance companies- they will see the full profile of the given patient". MORE at...
  • FDA proposes rule to prevent food contamination during transport

    02/02/2014 7:53:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 31, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Food transportation companies will be required to adhere to certain sanitation standards to prevent food from becoming contaminated during transit under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The rule would require shippers and carriers to properly refrigerate food, clean vehicles between loads and protect food during transportation.
  • Obamas power play (Deeper and broader than you think)

    01/31/2014 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    In an FDA office building in suburban Maryland, the bureaucrats gather over coffee to draft rules meant to squeeze the trans fat out of snack foods. Four blocks from the White House, in an EPA conference room: more bureaucrats, more meetings, more drafting of rules, these aimed at forcing industrialists to spend billions cutting carbon to fend off global warming. Congress? Who needs Congress? Americans heard President Barack Obama declare this week that he intends to bypass the gridlocked Hill to get things done on his own. What they didnt hear: just how far hes actually pushing his executive authority....
  • U.S. hospitals hit with shortage of intravenous saline

    01/29/2014 2:38:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Susan Kelly
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. To cope with the shortage, healthcare providers are using substitute products such as oral hydration fluids or smaller IV saline bags with slower drip rates when appropriate, said Bona Benjamin, director of medication use quality improvement for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "We have heard from our members all over the country that the shortage is serious," Benjamin said. "People are able...