Government Shutdown Threatening Food Safety

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:53 am

In theory, essential workers should be immune to a government shutdown caused by Congress and the White House not being able to get their act together. The Pentagon has already recalled a sizable portion of their workers back from furloughs. But one function of the government that seems rather essential is, in fact, being threatened [...]

Obama Administration Drops Opposition To Over-The-Counter Morning After Pill

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 6:41 am

The Obama Administration has reversed its previous position and dropped its bid to limit sales of the morning after pill. A federal judge had previously ruled the medication should be available to women of all ages but the Obama Administration had limited the sales to women 15 and older and had started an appeal of [...]

Prescription Drug Reimportation Amendment Fails Again in Senate

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 1:50 pm

The Senate has spent the day on a must-pass FDA bill that reauthorizes a user fee from drug companies to finance FDA operations, in addition to making other changes to how the FDA deals with drug shortages. The bill is primed for passage in the House, so if it can get through the Senate without [...]

You Shall Know Our Velocity: Political Priorities Measured in Time Frames

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 1:41 pm

You can pretty well judge priorities in Washington simply by a matter of speed. If issues sit out there forever without being addressed, the political powers that be don’t really care about them. If they get attended to right away, they must have a certain importance attached. And this isn’t about lip service, but follow-through. [...]

FDA Seeks “Voluntary” Limits on Antibiotics in Livestock

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 10:18 am

I think you have to look at this new FDA announcement, that they will seek “voluntary” limits for antibiotics in animal feed, must be seen in a few different contexts. First, here’s Ezra Klein convincing me about the importance of this issue: This might not seem like a huge deal to you. But it is. [...]

The Administration’s Muzzling of the FDA

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 8:22 am

Gardiner Harris paints a very one-sided picture of an FDA desiring to use its regulatory power and a White House dedicated to constraining them. When you look at the results, however, either some FDA officials are trying to tell their side of the story, or the article is dead-on about the White House’s love affair [...]

Federal Judge Agrees to Review Age Restrictions on Morning-After Pill

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 8:15 am

Let’s update that federal court hearing on the age restrictions of the morning-after pill. Judge Edward Korman heard arguments yesterday, and while he did not take action against the FDA, he did move the case forward: A federal judge Tuesday rejected a request to hold the Food and Drug Administration in contempt of court over [...]

HHS Overrules FDA, Will Not Make Morning After Pill an Over-the-Counter Drug

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 10:16 am

Though the FDA supported it, the Department of Health and Human Services decided against allowing young teens access to the morning after pill in over-the-counter drugstores without a prescription. Though birth control is now available for free from doctors for anyone with health insurance, women under 17 facing an unplanned pregnancy will still have to [...]

Obama Executive Order Seeks Crackdown on Drug Shortages

By: Monday October 31, 2011 10:15 am

In the latest in a flurry of executive actions, the Obama Administration has directed the FDA and the Justice Department to reduce shortages in prescription drugs, a growing problem over the last decade. The order is being sold as part of the Administration’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign to push economic actions in the midst of [...]

FDA Funding Cuts Put Food Safety Law in Peril

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 9:35 am

One of the policy items you hear the Administration tout as part of defending their record is the food safety bill. Food policy experts considered it flawed, but generally a step in the right direction, and the first overhaul of the nation’s food safety system in decades. There’s every reason for the White House to [...]

FDA Reverses Exclusivity Policy for Pregnancy Drug After Enormous Price Hike

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 9:10 am

Time to mix in a good news story. A few weeks back, the Food and Drug Administration gave exclusive rights for a pregancy drug named Makena that prevented premature births to KV Pharmaceuticals. They promptly raised the price for Makena, which needs to be injected weekly between 16 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, from $10 [...]

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