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. 24, No. 3, April

Bovine Growth Hormone; Harmless for Humans
Generations of Americans have been told that "Milk is nature's most perfect food," and the nutritional value of milk supports this claim. Milk sustains infants and is also beneficial to adults, including the elderly. Many people begin the day with...
FDA Battles against "Regulatory Anarchy." (Food and Drug Administration)
A federal district court has banned an unproven, potentially life-threatening dialysis filter. Without such action, said Judge Charles Schwartz Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, "immediate and irreparable damage...
Flawed Gloves Lead to New Proposal
Recent seizures of more than 47 million imported latex medical gloves with defect rates as high as 91 percent led FDA to propose for the first time a regulation setting a maximum defect level for patient examination and surgeons' gloves, instead of...
Lactation Suppression: Safer without Drugs
Rosellen Bowen was having a tough time completing her master's thesis. The graduate nursing student was researching whether breast massage would help relieve the pain and discomfort some new mothers experience when they don't breast-feed their babies....
Modified Fast: A Sometime Solution to a Weighty Problem
Overweight is a hefty problem in the United States. It's estimated that 24 percent of men and 27 percent of women in this country-about 34 million adult Americans-are obese. And sometimes it seems that there are 34 million different diets or diet products...
New Recommendations for Measles Immunizations
Concerned about the growing number of measles cases in the United States, the Public Health Service recently recommended that two doses of measles vaccine be given to all children, preferably as combined MMR (measles, mumps, rubella vaccine). Previously,...
No Antibiotic Residues in Milk, FDA Finds
No Antibiotic Residues in Milk, FDA Finds An FDA nationwide survey of milk revealed no residues of any antibiotics, including sulfa drugs, the agency announced Feb. 5. The findings, based on the most current technology, contradict earlier conclusions...
On the Trail of the Alaskan Oil Spill
Al Duzenack looked down and grimaced. It was 5 O'clock in the morning on a dark, dreary day in Valdez, Alaska, last July. And it was a good 30 feet down a wet, slippery metal ladder from the weathered dock where a tired duzeenack stood to the pitching...
Pet Ownership - Risky Business?
Sharing homes with pets is a way of life for many Americans-at least 60 percent by some estimates. And the companionship, affection and trust of pets can provide distinct health benefits for their owners. Studies described at a 1987 National Institutes...
Salmonella Enteritidis; from the Chicken to the Egg
White, shining, unmarred-a Grade A mystery now lies in the uncracked egg. Is it safe to eat?-9,999 times out of 10,000, yes. But ... In May 1989, six nursing home patients in Pennsylvania died from Salmonella enteritidis poisoning after eating stuffing...
Too Toxic to Handle
FDA's Phoenix resident post consumer safety officer Randall Johnson last October put FDA seals on three containers of a toxic chemical destined for hazardous waste disposal, capping an agency investigation that stemmed from a local probe of a Maricopa...
Unapproved Analgesic Sales Stopped
The federal government has told a drug manufacturer to stop selling a prescription painkiller because it is an unapproved new drug. The analgesic, Esgic with Codeine, manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., contains acetaminophen,...