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Cut a Melon, Forget the Apocalypse Cut a Melon, Forget the Apocalypse

Today the New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration has disbanded its Food Advisory Committee, “which provided guidance on food safety.” Today the New York Times also reported that pre-cut melons were the culprit in at least 60 cases of salmonella from last month’s outbreak.

FDA Places New Restrictions on Essure Contraception Device in Response to Extreme Side Effects FDA Places New Restrictions on Essure Contraception Device in Response to Extreme Side Effects

Since it was approved in 2002, “permanent contraceptive” device Essure has been the subject of thousands of complaints from women who have had the device implanted. Complaints about the device range from headaches to hair loss, brain fog, heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, perforation of the uterus, and even pregnancy…

The FDA Has Not Approved 'Love' As an Ingredient in Baked Goods The FDA Has Not Approved 'Love' As an Ingredient in Baked Goods

The US Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the Nashoba Brook Bakery Company on Tuesday with a firm warning: somehow get the “Love” on your ingredient list approved by the FDA or get it out of the granola bag.

Another Fun, Quirky Feature of the Past: Poisonous Makeup  Another Fun, Quirky Feature of the Past: Poisonous Makeup 

Every day is a good day to thank God and the ghost of Upton Sinclair for modern consumer protection regulations, so that you can test out new types of makeup with a fair bit of confidence it won’t blind you.

The FDA Has Banned 19 Ingredients From Hand Soap Because They Don't Do a Damn Thing The FDA Has Banned 19 Ingredients From Hand Soap Because They Don't Do a Damn Thing

I love nothing more than a good anti-bacterial scrub under scalding water, getting into every crack and crevice, prying under each nail bed, slapping and clapping my sudsy hands until they’re lobster red, then standing by the bathroom door until some rube turns the shit-smeared knob for me. Too bad that a lot of the…

The FDA Would Like to Remind You Not to Eat Raw Cookie Dough The FDA Would Like to Remind You Not to Eat Raw Cookie Dough

Everybody knows you’re “not supposed” to eat raw cookie dough, but everybody does it anyway. However, the FDA has just issued a warning that you really, really shouldn’t—just in case you’re the type of sheeple who lets the food safety authorities tell you how to live your life.

WHEW: Kind Bars Can Boast About Being 'Healthy,' After All WHEW: Kind Bars Can Boast About Being 'Healthy,' After All

Our long national nightmare is over: Kind actually CAN call its granola bars “healthy,” when all is said and done.

New Changes By the FDA Will Make Abortion Pills Easier to Access New Changes By the FDA Will Make Abortion Pills Easier to Access

The U.S. Food and Drug Association has approved new label changes for mifepristone—the drug used with misoprostol to induce abortions—that will make access to medication abortions harder to limit.

Essure Will Have Warnings About Dangerous Side Effects, But Will Stay on the Market  Essure Will Have Warnings About Dangerous Side Effects, But Will Stay on the Market 

Yesterday, the FDA announced that Essure, a popular sterilization implant, could have serious side effects and ordered Bayer to conduct new safety trials on the device. In addition, the FDA drafted a “black box” warning for Essure’s label, a measure that is reserved for drugs with “life-threatening risks.”

FDA Will Allow Gay Men to Give Blood, But Only If They've Been Abstinent for a Year FDA Will Allow Gay Men to Give Blood, But Only If They've Been Abstinent for a Year

The Food and Drug Administration has reformed its mandate on gay men giving blood. Gay men are now permitted to donate blood—just so long as it’s been 12 months since their last sexual encounter.

The FDA Does Not Want Teenagers to Tan The FDA Does Not Want Teenagers to Tan

The Food and Drug administration is making it harder for teens to achieve that perfect glow by banning anyone under 18 from being able to use an indoor tanning device. New regulations would also require people over 18 to sign an acknowledgment form that says they are aware of the risks. “Today’s action is intended to…

Just Mayo, Just Mayo Just Mayo, Just Mayo

It turns out you can have eggless mayo—sort of—but you legally can’t refer to it as “Just Mayo” unless “just” means, like, “justice.”

FDA Calls Kim Kardashian's Instagram Drug Endorsement 'Misleading'

Kim Kardashian will probably think twice next time she considers asking her 42 million Instagram followers to double-tap her prescription drug endorsements. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the makers of Diclegis (a morning sickness drug she promoted last month) asking them to “stop ‘misbranding’ the…

Get Ready to Vape Your Coffee Get Ready to Vape Your Coffee

If you’re a caffeine lover who has fantasized about innovative new ways to consume your drug of choice, there’s now an e-cigarette that is sure to get your attention. Caffeine inhalers with names like Eagle Energy Vapor are now being marketed to those who want a quick shot of caffeine without actually drinking an…

FDA Advisory Committee Approves 'Female Viagra' Drug  FDA Advisory Committee Approves 'Female Viagra' Drug 

An FDA advisory committee voted to recommend approval of flibanserin, which would become the first drug to treat low libido in women (in anyone, for that matter—Viagra treats erectile dysfunction, not libido).

Is Sexism Behind a Delay in FDA Approval of 'Female Viagra'? Is Sexism Behind a Delay in FDA Approval of 'Female Viagra'?

Well this is hopeful, if annoying: flibanserin, a drug developed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals to treat women’s low libido, is aiming again this week for FDA approval. And, as we reported in the past, tsk-tsk-ers at the agency are worried about “risks outweighing the rewards.”

FDA Approves Drug to Treat Chin Fat FDA Approves Drug to Treat Chin Fat

An injectable drug that targets fat below the chin is now FDA-approved.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Wants to Make Feminine Hygiene Products Safer Rep. Carolyn Maloney Wants to Make Feminine Hygiene Products Safer

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the Robin Danielson Act, a piece of legislation that would require the National Institutes of Health to put money into the research of feminine hygiene products and their possible negative side effects. Surprised that that’s not already a requirement? Well, try this for…

Kind Can't Just Call Its Snack Bars 'Healthy,' Says the FDA  Kind Can't Just Call Its Snack Bars 'Healthy,' Says the FDA 

Another day, another reminder that packaging is pretty, pretty lies. Specifically, you might want to throttle back on your Kind bar consumption, because those snacks are not actually some magical fruit-and-nut-filled shortcut to wellness.

Some Dietary Supplements Found to Contain 'Amphetamine-Like' Compound Some Dietary Supplements Found to Contain 'Amphetamine-Like' Compound

Another day, another reminder that you can’t always trust what’s on the side of a pill bottle, and just because it says “all natural” doesn’t make it the same thing as a bran muffin. This time it’s weight-loss supplements, which could very well contain something a lot like amphetamines.

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