Posts Tagged ‘FDA’


Remembering Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Regulator Who Saved a Generation of American Children

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In the late 1950s, a new over-the-counter sedative, thalidomide was introduced in Germany. At the time, it was the only non-barbiturate sedative on the market and it was marketed as an extraordinarily safe sleeping aid. The drug company “advertised their product as ‘completely safe’ for everyone, including mother and child, ‘even during pregnancy,’ as its […]

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Competing to smoke – when antitrust law undermines the public health

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What if I told you that while one government agency is tasked with reducing the prevalence of smoking in the US, another is making decisions that aim to keep cigarettes cheap and accessible? Well, this bizarre outcome is exactly what happens when antitrust law is rigidly applied to the tobacco industry. This week, with approval […]

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An end to salmonella on produce? A look at FDA’s Food Safety Challenge

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I recently read an article in Forbes that asked, “Are [foodborne] outbreaks actually increasing, or are we just more aware of them?” I work in food safety. I often feel panicked before I feed my children. But I thought that might just be a hazard of working in this field. So, are foodborne outbreaks actually […]

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Danger in the Dietary Supplement Aisle. Again.

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Good news? Walmart may be next in line to help police the dietary supplement industry. Let me explain. Yesterday, the NY state attorney general’s office accused four national retail chains – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – of selling fraudulent and mislabeled dietary supplements based on findings that four out of five of the products […]

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Time to end discriminatory and outdated ban for gay blood donors

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In 1983, during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, the FDA introduced a lifetime exclusion of sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) as prospective blood donors. At this time, the ascertainment of HIV status was not possible and not a lot was known about the disease. More than three decades later, we […]

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

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 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!

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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

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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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US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Keynote O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

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The Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg will provide the keynote address to the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law. Margaret A. Hamburg became the 21st commissioner of food and drugs on May 18, 2009. The second woman […]

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July 14-18 – Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law (O’Neill Institute Summer Program with Confirmed Speakers)

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Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University for a one-week intensive summer institute exploring the domestic and international legal, regulatory, and policy framework shaping the safety and availability of foods and medicines worldwide. The program will cover U.S. domestic law including recent laws and regulations; international regulatory harmonization […]

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