The single-shot Palm Pistol...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted a conceptual, ergonomic 9mm handgun — designed for people crippled by arthritis, muscular dystrophy, or similar conditions that render them too weak to operate normal handguns — as a Class 1 Medical Device.... doctors could eventually write prescriptions for it and then be reimbursed by Medicare.
posted by blaneyphoto
on Dec 8, 2008 -
A nation of outlaws.
A century and a half ago, another fast-growing nation had a reputation for sacrificing standards to its pursuit of profit, and it was the United States.
posted by Kirth Gerson
on Aug 27, 2007 -
In January 2006, small amounts of genetically engineered rice turned up
in a shipment that was tested ... by a French customer of Riceland Foods, a big rice mill based in Stuttgart, Ark. Testing revealed that the genetically modified rice contained a strain of Liberty Link that had not been approved for human consumption. What's more, trace amounts of the Liberty Link had mysteriously made their way into the commercial rice supply in all five of the Southern states where long-grain rice is grown. Aventis Crop Science had contracted with a handful of farmers to grow the rice, which was known as Liberty Link because its genes had been altered to resist a weed killer called Liberty, also made by Aventis. Then, the French pharmaceutical giant that owned Aventis Crop Science decided to sell the U.S. biotech unit and abandon the very emotional business of reengineering the foods we eat. "We didn't want to take any chances," says a former Aventis executive. "We burned and buried enough rice to feed 20 million people." Last November, the USDA retroactively approved the Liberty Link rice for human consumption.
posted by Kirth Gerson
on Jul 23, 2007 -
TSA Alert: US Bans Vegemite.
Is it because this yeast extract tastes
bad? Do the Marmite^
people have some sinister influence? Has Australia offended
our government somehow? How is it that a product that has been around for 80 years
suddenly becomes forbidden? Who would ban a product that can help prevent neural tube defects
(e.g., spina bifida)? Blame
the FDA, whose has ruled that folate (folic acid
) "should be kept under 1 mg per day ... because higher intake may complicate the diagnosis of pernicious anemia
, one form of vitamin B12 deficiency, which especially affects older people." Of course pernicious anemia is rare (less than 10-20 cases/100,000 people per year in the US), as is the Vegemite market. But when has logic ever dictated policy. The international fallout has
"I am never going to America", vows Xochiquetal, while a commenter at Geelong blogger Bernie Slattery’s site foresees US regulators going even further down the road to absurdity, "Americans don’t know what they’re missing … they’ll be banning Tim Tams next."
If the government wanted to ban something Australian, the least they could have done is started here
posted by scblackman
on Oct 23, 2006 -
Feeling sick and thinking of buying over-the-counter cold medicine like Sudafed or Claritin-D? Be prepared to wait in line at the pharmacy counter, show a photo ID, and sign a log book. The nationwide restriction
of medication containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine begins this weekend. Why? Those 2 ingredients are used to make meth
.. (NPR audio piece
posted by jaimev
on Sep 27, 2006 -
[NewsFilter] A partial victory for public health over politics.
Amazingly, the FDA has finally, after 3 years of wrangling, approved over-the-counter sale of Plan B, an emergency contraceptive pill. The victory is partial because you need to be 18 or older to purchase it without a doctor's note. If you're under 18, you need to still have documentation from your physician (or nurse practitioner). The politics behind the approval process were laid bare in this (sincerely) fascinating GAO report
[note: links to .pdf file]. I also hope that OTC approval will avoid this
Plan B previously discussed on MeFi here.
posted by scblackman
on Aug 24, 2006 -
"In 2006, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) distributed
a 38-question survey to 5,918 FDA scientists to examine the state of science at the FDA. The results
paint a picture of a troubled agency: hundreds of scientists reported significant interference with the FDA’s scientific work, compromising the agency’s ability to fulfill its mission of protecting public health and safety."
posted by daksya
on Jul 20, 2006 -
This is not good news.
U.S. health officials have issued a warning about possible birth defects in infants born to women who take the antidepressant Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy.
posted by lilboo
on Sep 29, 2005 -
Your mother was right.
You can go blind from doing that. Federal health officials are examining rare reports of blindness among some men using the impotence drugs Viagra
and Cialis. Since it doesn't actually do anything, Enzyte
should still be safe.
posted by hipnerd
on May 27, 2005 -
Singaporean scientists genetically modify zebra fish to detect water pollutants by turning fluorescent
. An American company realizes there's a consumer market for novelty glow-in-the-dark fish, and starts selling the US's first genetically modified pet
. While the FDA, which oversees GM animals, 'finds no reason to regulate'
, California's Fish and Game Commission bans sales in the state over ethical concenrns
, and a coalition of watchdog groups files suit to support a national ban
A year later, GloFish are still on sale, and California's reconsidering its sales block
. With the first GM pet quietly swimming into homes, and others (like hypo-allergenic cats
) close behind, are we ready for a designer pet invasion?
posted by thomascrown
on Dec 20, 2004 -
Your hair is drab. Dull. Needs more volume. Needs less frizz. It needs something. Maybe it needs cetyl alcohol
. Mixed with a dash of propylene glycol
, and how about a little butane
, or acrylamide
Once upon a time, people lathered, rinsed, never repeated, and went on their merry bad-hair days. Then, science and chemistry specialized the way folks condition and shine.
Companies began creating new compounds so they could design products for specific hair types. Now, some consumer groups worry about the mix of chemicals
: they point to incomplete labeling and little government oversight of the cosmetics and hair industry, accusations the Food and Drug Administration
does not deny.
"The FDA needs to define what is safe to put in these products, and come up with standards," says Tim Kropp, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group
, a nonprofit consumer organization in Washington that helped produce a study on problem ingredients in everyday products. "There are no safety standards in place
." (to access main link, a little help from BugMeNot).
posted by matteo
on Oct 4, 2004 -
Doctors put spotlight on Plan B pill
The American Medical Association voiced its support for over-the-counter sales of morning-after birth control, saying the Food and Drug Administration was wrong to reject such sales and urging doctors to write advance prescriptions.
posted by Postroad
on Jun 17, 2004 -
"A single test can now reveal the presence
of meat from any of 32 different species in food samples, enabling a wide range of important questions to be answered. These include whether chicken has been bulked up with beef or pork extracts; whether expensive albacore tuna is really cheap skipjack tuna; whether rats, mice or even bits of people fell into the mincer when your burger was being made..."
posted by taragl
on Mar 4, 2004 -
How much trans fat is in that Devil Dog?
The FDA has announced that starting in 2006 food manufacturers must list the number of grams of trans fatty acid -- very bad fat -- on food packages. This is supposed to be a big deal, meant to save lives and billions of bucks. Not so fast. I say, it is a useless addition to the already confusing line-up of numbers on the nutrition panel. Besides, the presence of trans fats is already revealed in ingredients lists on food boxes and wrappers -- look for hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. But the stuff flies off shelves anyway. I say, if the FDA really wants to tell people how bad these foods are, they should come right out with it. It's time for warning labels on junk food. THIS PRODUCT CAUSES OBESITY. THIS PRODUCT WILL CLOG YOUR ARTERIES. THIS PRODUCT MAY LEAD TO HEART DISEASE AND DEATH.
posted by jellybuzz
on Jul 10, 2003 -
FDA now officially useless?
Well, it's looking that way.. They are now about to allow unverified
health claims on food labels. They say this is a good thing. I wonder... What function does the FDA have now if it's not to protect the consumer from wild and potentially false claims on their food products?
posted by eas98
on Dec 27, 2002 -
Smoke 'em if you can get 'em?
Philip Morris' decision to support FDA regulation of cigarettes has smoke coming from between my ears trying to figure it out. Good, bad, victims of the cigarette tax money-grab?
posted by fncll
on Jul 26, 2002 -
FDA stops nicotine lollipop, lip balm sales
As a follow up to This Thread
, kiss your pops good bye...
CNN Says The Food and Drug Administration warned three pharmacies Wednesday to stop selling nicotine lollipops and nicotine lip balm on the Internet, calling the products "illegal." They said said the lollipops and lip balm are "unapproved drugs" that need, but do not have, FDA approval. And the pops are "candy-like products present a risk of accidental use by children."
posted by Blake
on Apr 11, 2002 -
Next up on the list of products to help you quit smoking but not the addiction. NicoStop, NicoPop and Likatine are some of the brand names these laced suckers carry, but the interesting thing here is that it's not a giant pharmaceutical company making them -- it's your neighborhood pharmacy
, and they're doing it below the radar of the FDA. (more inside.)
posted by me3dia
on Apr 3, 2002 -
Ecstasy approved by the FDA
Well not exactly but I thought it would grab people's attention a lot better than the original title of the article.
My only question is: Does seeing my fat, hairy, aunt naked qualify me as suffering from post-traumatic shock syndrome?
posted by Grok09
on Nov 7, 2001 -
Why is everybody so happy?
This Thursday, U.S. regulators approved numerous copycat versions of Prozac. I wonder how long it will be until Bayer makes Flinstones Chewable Prozac for teens.
posted by lheiskell
on Aug 2, 2001 -
Warner-Lambert Withdraws Diabetes Pill Rezulin
Imagine how it feels hearing this news about six hours after my doctor told me "After looking at your latest liver test, you'd better stop taking the Rezulin, and come in for more tests." For the record, I was aware of the potential risks before I & my doc started it, and have been doing regular liver tests all along; before my last test, I had noted to doc that I was getting more symptoms of out-of-control diabetes, even though frequent monitoring showed the blood sugar numbers were always IN control, and I was ready to ask for a change to one of the newer drugs... when my latest refill runs out. I'd always assumed that by the time the FDA acts on it it'll be too late, and I am very interested in the official FDA non-position on the safety of the newer drugs...
posted by wendell
on Mar 22, 2000 -