November 8, 2013 |
Responding to the Food and Drug Administration's move to banish trans fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates grumped Thursday that the agency was playing catch-up to a trend already well underway nationwide. Still, many of the same experts expressed hope that the FDA's move will open the way to a new era in the agency's regulation of food additives. By setting several new precedents, the FDA's decision on trans fats may bring some of our most beloved ingredients -- salt and sugar -- under new scrutiny by the agency, they predicted.
November 7, 2013 |
The long war on trans fats may be drawing to a close. The government proposed new rules Thursday that would all but ban the artery-clogging fats, a move that will force makers of margarine, frozen pizza and other processed foods to reformulate their products. Under the new rules, the Food and Drug Administration has declared that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fats, are a food additive no longer "generally recognized as safe. " That would require companies wishing to use the ingredient to first seek approval from the FDA, which is unlikely to grant permission given the volume of research linking trans fats to heart disease.
November 1, 2013 |
The appearance-obsessed can get Botox injections to erase wrinkles, Rogaine to reseed fading hair lines and the prescription medicine Latisse to fill out flimsy eyelashes. Soon, they may be able to get a shot to kill fat. A Southern California company has invested millions of dollars on an injectable, fat-destroying drug that it says will do away with double chins. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said the drug, which for now is known by the code name ATX-101, has proved effective at diminishing double chins during trials on more than 1,000 volunteers in the United States and Canada.
October 31, 2013 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it was stepping up efforts to prevent and address prescription drug shortages, calling the shortfalls a significant public health threat. In addition to expanding early reporting requirements for drug manufacturers, the FDA said it was launching a smartphone app that would give consumers instant information on pharmaceutical shortages. "The complex issues of drug shortages continues to be a high priority for the FDA, and early notification is a critical tool that helps mitigate or prevent looming shortages," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
October 30, 2013
About 12% of spices imported into the U.S. each year is contaminated with insects, animal excrement, rodent hair and even rubber bands, according to a Food and Drug Administration draft report released Wednesday. The study was conducted in response to recent cases of salmonella found in imported spices. It looked at ways to reduce the rates of human illness caused by contamination in the seasonings. “Nearly all of the insects found in spice samples were stored product pests, indicating inadequate packing or storage conditions.
October 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Oklahoma's high court set the stage Tuesday for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule this term on an abortion dispute over whether states may restrict doctors from prescribing the two drugs that are commonly used by women who seek an abortion in the first weeks of their pregnancy. The Oklahoma case could be the first test of whether the court's conservative majority will uphold the new state laws that seek to strictly regulate legal abortions. The legislatures in Oklahoma, Texas and several other states have adopted laws that require doctors to follow the Food and Drug Administration's protocols for the use of “any abortion-inducing drug.” The laws forbid doctors to prescribe medications for “off-label use.” Sponsors of the laws said they wanted to protect the health of women.
October 25, 2013 |
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to regulate the safety of pet food and animal feed for the first time. The regulations call for production guidelines that would minimize risks and prevent outbreaks of food-borne illness. The announcement comes as the FDA continues to grapple with a case of potential poisoning linked to jerky treats manufactured in China that is believed to be responsible for nearly 600 pet deaths since 2007. The agency has yet to determine what is causing the deaths.
October 25, 2013 |
The government on Friday moved to protect America's pets by proposing tougher rules for how their food is manufactured. The new Food and Drug Administration regulations would establish production guidelines to help prevent harmful bacteria and other contaminants from tainting pet food and animal feed. The aim is to reduce food-borne illness that could harm people as well as animals. The announcement comes as the FDA continues to grapple with a widespread outbreak of illness linked to imported jerky treats.
October 24, 2013 |
The Food and Drug Administration has laid out a roadmap for greater strictures on the prescribing and dispensing of hydrocodone and analgesics that contain it. The move is the latest in a chain of actions taken by the FDA and other agencies to address a burgeoning U.S. crisis of addiction to opioid painkillers. Under a plan announced by the FDA on Thursday afternoon, products containing the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, including combination analgesics such as Vicodin (which mixes hydrocodone with acetaminophen)