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. 31, No. 6, September-October

Bone Builders: Support Your Bones with Healthy Habits
Unearthed skeletons from ancient times testify to the durability of bone long after other bodily tissue turns to dust. Living bone in the body, however, can lose mineral and fracture easily if neglected -- a disorder called osteoporosis, or porous...
Focus on Food Safety: Initiative Calls on Government, Industry, Consumers to Stop Food-Related Illness
Most people don't give much thought to food safety until a food-related illness prompts concern. But the threats are real, numerous and varied, as headlines in recent years have documented: E. coli 0157:H7 in meat and apple juice, Salmonella in eggs...
Get Rid of Worm Ridder, District Judge Rules
Because Bingman Laboratories Inc., of Sarahsville, Ohio, had made and sold WRM-RID Dog Wormer since 1955, company president W.D. Semple believed the product had the government's tacit approval. FDA believed differently. On March 31, Judge Joseph...
Giving Thalidomide a Second Chance
In the early 1960s the very mention of the word "thalidomide" was enough to conjure up the vision of a parent's worst nightmare: the birth of a deformed child. During that period, approximately 8,000 babies were born in Europe with severe defects...
Medications and Older Adults
Mary Parker of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is quick to joke about her health problems. Her vibrant smile and upbeat attitude belie her 78 years. But last year she had a health problem she didn't find amusing. The medication she took for her swollen sinuses...
Mixing Diet Drugs Calls for Caution
Reports of heart valve disease in women taking the obesity drugs fenfluramine and phentermine together have prompted FDA to advise doctors to closely monitor patients on this therapy. In a letter to doctors, FDA noted that as of July 8 it had...
Schizophrenia: Drugs, Therapy Can Turn Life around for Some
"The visions are extremely vivid. Paving stones transform into demonic faces, shattering in front of my petrified eyes. When I am in contact with people, they can become grotesquely deformed, their skin peeling away to reveal decomposing inner muscles...
Seizers Keepers, Criminals Weepers
The maker of unapproved new drugs promoted for the treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious conditions lost its fight for the return of $600,000 worth of illegal products seized at FDA's request. In a March 1997 order, Judge...
Sixth-Grader Opens Lid for FDA Investigation
When 13-year-old Cason Schmit of Oakland, Calif., began work on his sixth-grade science project, his main goal was to win a blue ribbon. But he got much more, including national exposure, a job for his college-age brother, and a chance to protect...
Supplements with Plantain May Pose Danger, FDA Warns
Consumers should stop buying and using certain dietary supplements labeled as containing plantain because they may contain Digitalis, a plant that contains powerful heart stimulants. FDA issued this warning after finding Digitalis in samples of...
Unapproved Drugs End Up at Hazardous Waste Site
A manufacturer of over-the-counter antiseptics who developed his active ingredient in a so-called "chemical nuclear reactor" asserted the products were not only effective but out of the realm of FDA regulation. FDA investigation, however, found that...
Unapproved Lasers Seized from Florida Manufacturer
As part of a crackdown on the sale and use of lasers not approved for eye surgery, U.S. marshals, on behalf of FDA, seized nine excimer lasers and components valued at more than $3 million from Photon Data Inc., of Winter Park, Fla. The lasers,...
Why Should FDA Regulate Drugs?
Is the Food and Drug Administration in need of reform? Some critics of the agency, in Congress and outside, argue that the agency should be overhauled to make it work more efficiently. FDA supporters disagree, pointing to record-setting drug approvals...