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. 36, No. 5, September-October

Cardiovascular Benefits of Long-Term Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. (Research Notebook)
Eating at least three servings of fruits and vegetables each day over an extended period of time may help protect against stroke, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, a new study indicates. The study by Lydia A. Bazzano, Ph.D., and...
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Checking Up on Blood Pressure Monitors
Measuring a person's blood pressure is a routine part of every physical exam. The results can predict long-term health risks, assess suitability for certain physical activities, help manage many types of medical problems, and determine eligibility...
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FDA: A Science-Based Agency. (the Last Word)
The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) is one of six centers within the FDA. It is the only center that does not have consumer product regulatory authority. Our primary function is to develop and modify standards that can be applied...
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FDA Steps Up Seafood Sampling. (Updates)
The FDA is increasing its sampling of imported shrimp and crayfish (also known as crawfish) to check for the presence of the antibiotic chloramphenicol. The agency is taking this action because low levels of the drug in imported shrimp and crayfish...
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Food Freshness and 'Smart' Packaging
JEFFERSON, Ark. -- What could a roll of new carpeting possibly have in common with a slab of smelly, old salmon? They both emit chemically similar vapors--the carpet, as it's being installed; the fish, as it rots. Chemists here at the Food and...
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Generic Drugs: What You Need to Know
When the pain reliever acetaminophen was developed in the 1950s, it was only available under its brand name, Tylenol. Today, acetaminophen can be found in many generic and store-brand versions. Similarly, many drug products, prescription and over-the-counter,...
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HHS: PDUFA Reauthorization Good for Americans. (Updates)
On June 12, President Bush signed into law the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) that will allow the agency to collect $1.2 billion over the next five years. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson says...
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HHS to Study Ephedra, Step Up Enforcement against Illegal Marketing. (Updates)
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced new efforts to expand research on the safety of herbal ephedrine alkaloids, commonly referred to as ephedra. Marketed in the United States as weight loss, energy, and sports supplements,...
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Imported Drugs Raise Safety Concerns: With an Unapproved Drug, You Can't Sure That It Has Been Shipped, Handled, and Stored under Conditions That Meet U.S. Requirements.
Selene Seguros Rios was 18 months old in 1999 when she received two injections of a pain and fever drug called Neo-Melubrina (dipyrone) in an illegal backroom clinic in Tustin, Calif. That was 20 years after the Food and Drug Administration had...
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Labeling Changes for Arthritis Drug. (Updates)
The FDA has approved labeling changes for Celebrex (celecoxib) based on the results of the Celecoxib Long-Term Arthritis Safety Study (CLASS). CLASS evaluated about 4,000 people with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with...
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Love and Illegal Drugs on the Internet. (Investigator's Reports)
Anton E. Pusztai in Australia and Anita Yates in Alabama not only met on the Internet, they also founf a love and business connection. Some, however, may call them luckier in love after their illegal Internet business landed them in jail. After...
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New Drug Approved for Colorectal Cancer. (Updates)
Cancers of the colon and rectum (colorectal) are the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancers and rank second among cancer deaths in the United States. The FDA has approved Eloxatin (oxaliplatin) injection for use with infusional 5-fluorouracil...
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`Nicotine Water' Is Unapproved Drug. (Updates)
The FDA has determined that a product called "nicotine water" is an unapproved drug under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and cannot be marketed without new drug approval by the agency. "FDA's decision underscores our...
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Observations
Recent ads in newspapers and magazines claim that it's now legal to import drags into the United States for personal use. In fact, some ads on the Internet and elsewhere claim that people can legally bring up to a 90-day supply of their prescription...
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Osteoporosis and Men
More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, according to the National Institute on Aging. Eighteen million more have lost enough bone to make them more likely to develop the disease. The n majority of these 28 million are women. But men are...
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Treating Minor Species: A Major Animal Health Concern
Each October, when the mountain wind begins to carry a hint of winter chill, Lyle Johnston of Rocky Ford, Colo., loads hundreds of wooden boxes containing a special cargo onto flatbed trucks. He wants those trucks and their valuable cargo--30 million...
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Vaccine Shortages: An Update
Judi Chase says she's not winning any popularity contests these days. As a program manager for vaccines at the Texas State Department of Health, she's used to fielding questions from health-care providers who want to know why their vaccines are...
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Xyrem Approved for Muscle Problems in Narcolepsy. (Updates)
The FDA recently approved Xyrem (sodium oxybate or gamma hydroxybutyrate, also known as GHB) for treating a small population of people with narcolepsy who experience episodes of cataplexy--weak or paralyzed muscles. Because of safety concerns associated...
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