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Category Archives: FDA

06.21.14

On the Pseudo-Science of the Organic Food Movement

By Brian Honermann

I should premise this entire post on food safety profiles of organic and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), by stating that you will find no heroes here nor any side to root for. Both the organic industry and the GMO industry have evolved substantial villains – some of whom are identifiable and some of whom are essentially […]

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06.12.14

7 things YOU can and SHOULD do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs

By Aliza Glasner

 The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]

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05.21.14

Hey, Hey, FDA! What do we want? Better Sunscreen! When do we want it? Now!

By Michael Templeman

5 Facts on Skin Cancer, Sunscreen and U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy On my walk to the O’Neill Institute yesterday, I was stopped by a group of L’Oréal representatives handing out free samples of their latest sunscreen products along with information on the PASS Coalition, a lobbying effort on the part of cosmetic manufacturers and other consumer […]

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04.24.14

A nutritionist named Coca-Cola

By Aliza Glasner

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by POM Wonderful  gainst Coca-Cola, alleging fraudulent and deceptive advertising of Coca-Cola’s Pomegranate-Blueberry juice. The legal question centered on whether a private party can bring a lawsuit for misleading advertising if a label is compliant with regulations established by a federal agency, here the […]

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04.17.14

Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future – The O'Neill Institute Retrospective

By O’Neill Institute

We are delighted to present the Retrospective for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future.  

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04.15.14

US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Keynote O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

By O’Neill Institute

The Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg will provide the keynote address to the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law. Margaret A. Hamburg became the 21st commissioner of food and drugs on May 18, 2009. The second woman […]

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04.03.14

July 14-18 – Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law (O’Neill Institute Summer Program with Confirmed Speakers)

By O’Neill Institute

Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University for a one-week intensive summer institute exploring the domestic and international legal, regulatory, and policy framework shaping the safety and availability of foods and medicines worldwide. The program will cover U.S. domestic law including recent laws and regulations; international regulatory harmonization […]

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03.13.14

Is obesity the ticket to fighting antibiotic resistance?

By Aliza Glasner

Research points to the possibility that taking antibiotics could lead to weight gain. Could this reality be the necessary catalyst to change the way we use antibiotics in general?Antibiotic overuse is a public health crisis. For decades, scientists have supported changing antibiotic prescribing practices in response to the alarming consequences of their overuse – most […]

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02.12.14

Do prescription drugs need a message?

By Aliza Glasner

The recent controversy surrounding a relatively new blood thinner called Pradaxa (dabigatran) centers not on the drug itself, but on the safety of the drug’s message. Brought to market as a superior product to the long-standing market leader, Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa is touted for its ability to treat atrial fibrillation without the inconvenience of frequent […]

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02.10.14

Toward a Smoke-Free Generation: FDA Launches Tobacco Education Campaign for Teens

By Ana S. Ayala

On February 11, 2014, the FDA launched “The Real Cost” education campaign, aimed at preventing at-risk youth from using tobacco and reducing the amount of teenagers who become regular smokers. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, granting the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco. The campaign […]

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