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. 34, No. 1, January

Are Bioengineered Foods Safe?
Since 1994, a growing number of foods developed using the tools of the science of biotechnology have come onto both the domestic and international markets. With these products has come controversy, primarily in Europe where some question whether these...
Buying Drugs Online
It's Convenient and Private, but Beware of `Rogue Sites' One way consumers can ensure the quality of an online pharmacy is to look for the VIPPS seal, which is proof that the site has passed the rigid criteria of the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice...
Is the Risk Worth It?
No matter how promising a clinical trial or investigational new drug seems, there is no way to know about all the risks before the study begins. While the hope is that the study will produce a cure, it's important to recognize that risks can prove...
Joint Program Pools Food Research Resources
Aside from the occasional opening and closing of a refrigerator door and the padding of footsteps to and from the laboratory bench, it's a quiet May morning in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory in suburban Washington, D.C. Six or so researchers...
The Healing Power of PLACEBOS
One patient stands out in the memory of Stephen Straus, M.D., for her remarkable recovery, more than 10 years ago, from chronic fatigue syndrome. The woman, then in her 30s, was "very significantly impaired," says Straus, chief of the Laboratory of...
Unapproved Body Fat Tester Fetches Weighty Fine
The president and chairman of the board of a medical device company based in Gaithersburg, Md., pleaded guilty early in 1999 to charges that his company imported and sold to hospitals and clinics a device for measuring body fat before FDA approved...
Unapproved but Not Always Unavailable
Last Option For The Desperately Ill The scalpel has failed. The IV tubing stands abandoned on the side of the room. Friends and nurses visit less often. The doctors say the limits of medical knowledge have been reached and there is nothing left...