Topics :: Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Rep Mike Quigley Discusses MSM Blood Ban with OutLaw

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Apr 8, 2014
On March 31, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students at the University of Chicago Law School, highlighting the need to reevaluate the FDA’s blood donation criteria.

Banned4Life Holds San Francisco Blood Drive at Rainbow Grocery

By Winnie McCroy | Saturday Feb 22, 2014
In their ongoing effort to highlight the FDA’s anti-gay blood donation policy that bars men who have sex with men, regardless of their risk level, the group Banned4Life will hold a blood drive on February 23 at San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery.

Putting Olive Oil to the Test

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
Imposing stricter standards might help American olive oil producers grab more market share from the Europeans, who produce in bulk and now have 97 percent of the U.S. market.

"Meth" in Your Soda?

By Candic Choi | Saturday Jan 25, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration says there’s no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure. The agency will review new data on the safety of 4-methylimidazole.

FDA Approves New Hepatitis C Drug

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Dec 25, 2013
On Dec. 6, the FDA approved the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). Sovaldi is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain types of HCV infection without the need for co-administration of interferon.

FDA Takes Steps to Phase out Antibiotics in Meat

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Friday Dec 13, 2013
Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.

FDA Overturns Safety Limits on Diabetes Drug

By Matthew Perrone | Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration is lifting severe safety restrictions on the former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, citing recent data suggesting that the much-debated medication does not increase the risk of heart attack.

FDA Tells 23andMe to Halt Sales of Genetic Test

By Matthew Perrone | Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science.

California Company Recalls Prepackaged Salad, Sandwich

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by California company Glass Onion Catering are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. coli.

Trans Fat Doesn’t Stir Much "Nanny State" Debate

By Connie Cass | Sunday Nov 10, 2013
In the tug-of-war between public health and personal freedom, the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to ban trans fats barely rates a ripple.