FDA Consumer

A magazine of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Contains in-depth information on how to get healthy and stay health. Also offers information on current FDA activities such as food, drugs, animal drugs and food, cosmetics, and medical devices.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, July-August

Diabetes Prevention, Treatment
Once seen only in adults, type 2 diabetes has been rising steadily in children and teens, especially black, Hispanic and American Indian adolescents, according to government reports from clinics nationwide. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater...
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Drug Maker to Pay $430 Million in Fines, Civil Damages
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Warner-Lambert has agreed to plead guilty and pay more than $430 million to resolve criminal charges and civil liabilities in connection with its Parke-Davis division's illegal and fraudulent promotion of unapproved uses...
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Ensuring the Safety of Dietary Supplements
When taken appropriately, some dietary supplements have clear benefits. Folic acid lowers the risk of some birth defects. Calcium supplements can strengthen bones and help prevent osteoporosis. But some dietary supplements pose health risks. They may...
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FDA.Gov
HHS, WebMD Team Up to Get the Health Word Out Important consumer health information from the federal government will be available more widely and quickly now that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has teamed with WebMD to launch...
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First-of-Its-Kind Rapid HIV Test Kit Approved
The FDA recently approved the use of oral fluid samples with a rapid HIV diagnostic test kit that provides screening results in about 20 minutes with over 99 percent accuracy. The approval of the OraQuick Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test for use with oral...
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Homemade Ice Cream: A Safe Summertime Treat?
Eating ice cream to beat the summer heat is one of America's favorite pastimes. And the rich, creamy flavor of homemade ice cream--whether it's made with an old hand-cranked ice cream maker or a modern electric one--is especially tasty. But the...
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Insulin for Dogs with Diabetes
The first drug for treating dogs with diabetes has been approved by the FDA. Prior to the development of this insulin, the only treatments veterinarians could use on dogs with diabetes were insulin products approved for use in humans. While diabetes...
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Is Your Pet Itching for Relief?
When your dog pumps its leg frantically to scratch its ear, or your cat bites its tail furiously until the fur falls out, it's clear that your pet is itching for relief. Occasional scratching is normal, but if a pet scratches or bites itself relentlessly,...
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New Foodborne Illness Guide
Americans' vulnerability to foodborne illness has been highlighted by large outbreaks in recent years. To increase awareness, an updated educational guide for health care professionals on how to identify, treat, and prevent foodborne illnesses, as...
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New Surgeon General's Report Expands List of Smoking-Related Diseases
A new report on smoking and health released by U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., shows for the first time that smoking causes diseases in nearly every organ of the body. Published 40 years after the surgeon general's first report...
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Observations
As anyone who watches television or reads magazines knows, pharmaceutical companies are spending more money on consumer advertising. Indeed, data from IMS Health, a firm that provides information and strategies to the drug and health care industries,...
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Preventing Serious Drug Interactions
A single report of a drug reaction in a 39-year-old woman ultimately contributed to the removal of the allergy drug Seldane (terfenadine) from the market in 1998. Doctors at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., admitted the woman...
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Some Questions and Answers on Prescription Drug Advertising
The FDA's Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) regulates prescription drug advertising. When we meet people outside the office, we are often asked the same questions. Here are answers to the most common questions we hear:...
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Study: U.S. Generic Drugs Cost Less Than Canadian Drugs
If you think all drugs from Canada are cheaper than U.S. drugs, think again. In the United States, generic drugs--roughly half of all prescriptions--are often cheaper than both Canadian brand-name drugs and Canadian generic drugs, according to a study...
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Take the FDA Consumer Quiz
How many dietary supplements are on the U.S. market today? What's the main symptom of allergies in dogs and cats? How much did drug manufacturers and distributors spend on direct-to-consumer advertising in the United States during 2001? To find out...
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Truth in Advertising: Rx Drug Ads Come of Age
AUDIO DETECTIVE: Okay sweetheart ... DETECTIVE: ... what happened to that beautiful nose? WOMAN: I think an allergy got me. DETECTIVE: Not so fast-- It might feel like an allergy, but what if it isn't? You may have seen the advertisement:...
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