Category Archives: FDA


New Online Resource: “The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources”

The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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3 Issues to Consider before Voting in November

On November 4, many Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. And like all election seasons, issues threatening public health are chief among this nation’s top concerns.         In researching for this post, I came up with a fairly long “short-list” of pressing public health issues – […]

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#icebucketchallenge: A Public Health Practitioner’s Perspective

  I work in the field of public health. If you are reading this post, you probably do too. And if you think like me, you see the ALS ice bucket challenge with a mixture of awe, bewilderment and general frustration that you didn’t think of it first. The ice bucket challenge has proven to […]

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“Right to Try” Laws Offer No Meaningful Solutions and Undermine Science

“Right to Try” laws have come into fashion with the success of the beautifully crafted and acted Dallas Buyer’s Club. That the movie was simply a movie with significant historical inaccuracies and that demonized the one drug (AZT) in the film that was actually effective at fighting HIV has apparently been lost on policy makers. […]

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Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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On the Pseudo-Science of the Organic Food Movement

I should premise this entire post on food safety profiles of organic and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), by stating that you will find no heroes here nor any side to root for. Both the organic industry and the GMO industry have evolved substantial villains – some of whom are identifiable and some of whom are essentially […]

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7 things YOU can and SHOULD do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs

 The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]

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Hey, Hey, FDA! What do we want? Better Sunscreen! When do we want it? Now!

5 Facts on Skin Cancer, Sunscreen and U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy On my walk to the O’Neill Institute yesterday, I was stopped by a group of L’Oréal representatives handing out free samples of their latest sunscreen products along with information on the PASS Coalition, a lobbying effort on the part of cosmetic manufacturers and other consumer […]

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A nutritionist named Coca-Cola

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by POM Wonderful  gainst Coca-Cola, alleging fraudulent and deceptive advertising of Coca-Cola’s Pomegranate-Blueberry juice. The legal question centered on whether a private party can bring a lawsuit for misleading advertising if a label is compliant with regulations established by a federal agency, here the […]

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