Reform Healthcare Archives

  • Nov 24, 2015 8

    Big Pharma Connections? No Problem, Says Nominee for FDA Chief

    Robert Califf doesn’t think his many ties to pharmaceutical companies will affect his objectivity in regulating the industry. Congress seems to agree, but we don’t. Action Alert! Last Tuesday, President Obama’s nominee to take charge of the federal Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert Cali...

  • Nov 17, 2015 21

    Are GMOs a “Natural” Food?

    The FDA may think so. Action Alert! Last week, the FDA announced that it would be accepting public input on how—or whether—to define the term “natural” on food labels. This action came about as a result of a number of petitions filed by the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) and Cons...

  • Nov 10, 2015 20

    Say Goodbye to Medical Curcumin!

    The FDA continues its war on the compounding of custom medications by eliminating even more dietary ingredients. Action Alert!  Curcumin is the most important ingredient of the Indian herb turmeric. You probably have it in your kitchen as a yellow spice. From a health standpoint, this herb is a mir...

  • Nov 3, 2015 3

    Why Is the FDA Smothering Innovation in Lab Testing?

    Recent actions against the trailblazing medical testing company Theranos only protect the status quo, drive up the cost of medicine, and thwart better treatments. Action Alert! Natural medicine is said to stand on three legs: a natural diet, nutritional supplements, and integrative treatments. But t...

  • Sep 8, 2015 22

    Bioidentical Hormones Threatened

    Will the FDA allow massive drug companies to eliminate your access to compounded bioidentical hormones? Action Alerts! Recently, the FDA released a list of nominations to its “Demonstrably Difficult to Compound” (DDC) list. This list derives from section 503A of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act....

  • Aug 11, 2015 154

    Are Endoscopes and Colonoscopes Killing People?

    The FDA knew all about the endoscope risk six years ago, but has ignored it. Action Alert! Over the last few years, you may have seen one of the several tragic stories of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” outbreaks in major hospitals that have killed dozens of patients and sickened hundreds more. ...

  • Aug 4, 2015 1

    When Is a Dietary Supplement Not a Dietary Supplement?

    A nonsensical guidance issued by the FDA in 2005 continues to cause confusion. Action Alert! Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, a supplement is misbranded if it does not announce itself as a supplement. The actual statute says that it is violating the law if “the label or labeling ...

  • Jun 30, 2015 73

    FDA “Compounds” Its Attack on Supplements

    The FDA’s hostility toward both supplements and compounded medicine is legendary—after all, they compete with the FDA-approved drugs that pay the government’s bills. Now the agency is attacking compounded supplements. Action Alert! A few weeks ago, we reported on an amendment designed to fix a...

  • Jun 16, 2015 34

    New Amendment May Help Save Compounded Drugs

    Please help us get Sen. David Vitter’s critical amendment passed! Action Alert! As you know from our continuing coverage, the FDA has been issuing rules to implement the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). This legislation was passed by Congress in 2013 in response to a meningitis outbreak in 20...