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Category Archives: FDA

04.21.15

The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law

By O’Neill Institute

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of the launch of The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. This commission’s focus is that law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can […]

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04.09.15

Get your popcorn.* The O’Neill Institute goes to the movies [Part I]

By Aliza Glasner

*you may want to wait until after you see these films to decide whether your popcorn of choice is safe to eat. Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health. In Part I of this season’s film series, we will focus on the role […]

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02.19.15

How many scientists and lawyers does it take to regulate a cigarette package?

By Katherine Shats

This week, we have seen yet another example of tobacco industry intimidation tactics being used to stop a government from enacting laws that will save lives and protect the public health. The Irish government announced that it is introducing plain packaging legislation, following through on its goal of becoming the first country in the European […]

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02.03.15

Danger in the Dietary Supplement Aisle. Again.

By Aliza Glasner

Good news? Walmart may be next in line to help police the dietary supplement industry. Let me explain. Yesterday, the NY state attorney general’s office accused four national retail chains – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – of selling fraudulent and mislabeled dietary supplements based on findings that four out of five of the products […]

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10.08.14

New Online Resource: "The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources"

By O’Neill Institute

The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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09.24.14

3 Issues to Consider before Voting in November

By Aliza Glasner

On November 4, many Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. And like all election seasons, issues threatening public health are chief among this nation’s top concerns.         In researching for this post, I came up with a fairly long “short-list” of pressing public health issues – […]

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08.26.14

#icebucketchallenge: A Public Health Practitioner's Perspective

By Aliza Glasner

  I work in the field of public health. If you are reading this post, you probably do too. And if you think like me, you see the ALS ice bucket challenge with a mixture of awe, bewilderment and general frustration that you didn’t think of it first. The ice bucket challenge has proven to […]

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08.08.14

"Right to Try" Laws Offer No Meaningful Solutions and Undermine Science

By Brian Honermann

“Right to Try” laws have come into fashion with the success of the beautifully crafted and acted Dallas Buyer’s Club. That the movie was simply a movie with significant historical inaccuracies and that demonized the one drug (AZT) in the film that was actually effective at fighting HIV has apparently been lost on policy makers. […]

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08.08.14

Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

By Ana S. Ayala

Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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07.10.14

6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

By Aliza Glasner

In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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