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FDA-Approved Drug Linked to 542 Deaths and 2,367 Hemorrhages, but FDA Refuses to Pull It
It couldn’t be because it brings in over $1 billion in sales each year, could it?
Should You Have to Fight FDA Red Tape to Save Your Life?
An upcoming congressional bill would give dying patients and physicians access to experimental drugs. Action Alert!
Tell the FDA that Gluten and GMOs Are Allergenic Too!
FDA is asking for comments on establishing thresholds for food allergens for labeling purposes and enforcement action. Tell FDA to broaden their scope and look at gluten in addition to the so-called “major” food allergens and consider IgA and IgG allergenic responses in addition to the more dramatic IgE responses. Also tell them the threshold level for GMO might be different than for conventional versions and needs to be considered when setting the thresholds.
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Tell FDA and Congress They Could Quickly Alleviate the Worldwide TB Pandemic!
Contact the FDA, with a copy to Congress, and insist that a way be found around present bureaucratic barriers that prevent oxyphenbutazone from being reviewed for possible approval for drug-resistant tuberculosis. The threat of a worldwide pandemic in drug-resistant TB is very real. This is an urgent matter and there is no time to lose. Just because oxyphenbutazone is off-patent and therefore of little interest to drug companies and hard to study is no excuse.
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Government Keeps Medicine in the Dark Ages, Part 3
Whether low-tech or high-tech, there are many exciting new frontiers in medicine. But how much of it will one-size-fits-all regulators and their corporate cronies allow to see the light of day?
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The “Compassionate Use” Rule: Now There’s a Ray of Hope for Dying Patients
FDA routinely denies terminally ill people the right to experimental drugs or treatments. Tell Congress to support the bill that can change all that! Action Alert!
Medicine in the Dark Ages, Part 2. Smartphone Apps Must be FDA-Approved!
It sounds absurd, but FDA wants to pre-approve simple medical apps—making them impossibly expensive.
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FDA Spied on Its Own Scientists as Part of a Massive Witch Hunt—Action Alert!
This rogue agency secretly captured thousands of emails that its disgruntled scientists sent to Congress, labor officials, journalists and even the president.
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FDA Says No to Dying Patients Seeking Access to Experimental Drugs or Treatments
An important new bill addresses this situation. Action Alert!
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Help Us Make FDA Live Up to Its “Compassionate Use Rule”!
When people are dying of cancer, why shouldn’t they be allowed to try non-FDA approved treatments?
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FDA’s Huge Conflicts of Interest with Big Pharma
Tragically, the drug they endorsed is killing the women who take it. Why is FDA doing this?
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Big Pharma Routinely Suppresses Data from Clinical Trials—but FDA Approves These Dangerous Drugs Anyway!

Help us persuade Congress to reform the agency with our Action Alert!
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Why Selling Natural Products is Such a Dangerous Business

FDA laws threaten integrative doctors and integrative medicine.

Should We Really Want Supplement Oversight Out of FDA?

Would creating a new federal agency just for supplements make things better or worse?

An Important Update on IV Vitamin C

After our Action Alert on the FDA’s move against intravenous vitamin C, a number of rumors have sprung up. Today we want to sort through the confusion.

FDA Nixes Over-the-Counter Chelation

The FDA has ordered eight companies to stop marketing over-the-counter chelation products primarily intended to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from our bodies.

Just How Broken is the FDA?

The reexamination of a knee device and a campaign to extend the patent of a blood-thinning medication underscore the need for FDA reform.

Big Pharma and the FDA: Suppress the Science, Ban the Natural Substances, Sell the Drugs!

Earlier this year the FDA agreed to ban companies from selling pyridoxamine as a dietary supplement, even though it is a common, naturally occurring substance that has always been available in foods such as chicken and brewer’s yeast. They have tried to ban scientific information on the health benefits of tart cherries, the cholesterol-lowering benefits of Cheerios, and health claims about the benefits of fish oil for heart, cancer, depression, body pain.

FDA to Receive More Money from Drug Manufacturers, But Denies “Undue Influence”

The FDA is raising its industry user fees again. But many in Congress worry that the $828 million they are asking from manufacturers of medical and food products, including hundreds of millions drug manufacturers pay annually to help speed the review of new medicines, might compromise the agency’s independence. Even the current FDA head says, “I think these concerns reflect a broader lack of trust in the FDA.”

FDA “Scales Back Enforcement” of Quality Controls on Medical Devices

For the past five years, the FDA has been reducing their inspections at medical device laboratories, and are not planning to conduct any inspections at all in 2009—a decision that “may result in an irreversible cascade of adverse consequences to the protection of the public.”


Conflicts of Interest at FDA and the New England Journal of Medicine

A new report from the Inspector General’s office at Health and Human Services indicates the FDA’s review of financial conflict of interest relating to drugs approved in 2007 is flawed. Two doctors’ conflicts of interests related to a lung cancer screening were not reported by the New England Journal of Medicine. Conflict of interests are especially dangerous in that they can affect drug approval, medical research, and medical journal publication.

Who Will Lead the FDA?

New black box warnings on certain drugs. Continuing concern that FDA medical device monitoring is less than optimal. A declaration that the FDA will repeat its flawed analysis of a chemical it had previously declared safe, a chemical called Bisphenol A which is found in plastic. The FDA is broken and needs a complete overhaul. Who is on tap to lead the FDA in the new administration to face this daunting task?

The FDA Lets Thousands of Devices onto the Market Each Year with Only Cursory Review

It’s medicine’s constant refrain: newer is better. In the case of prescription medications, it is demonstrably untrue. We examine some of the cutting-edge therapies that have rolled onto the market, like proton therapy and radioactive seed implantation for radiation, to understand whether the FDA is doing the best job possible to approve and regulate medications and medical devices.


AAHF Announces Launch of ReformFDA.org

The FDA needs a total—top to bottom—overhaul. Nothing less will do. Read about the FDA’s indictment of itself.

FDA Roadblocks Scientific Revolution in Food and Food Supplements

In this piece, we take a closer look at one of the many current failures of the FDA.

Articles and Information from Other Internet Sources

Ending the Atrocities of the FDA; Life Extension Urges Immediate Petition Action for Health Freedom

A startling number of reports reveal the FDA is in far worse shape than originally thought. Few people comprehend that they are likely to suffer and die prematurely as a result of FDA’s failures. Read More >>

FDA Scientists Ask Transition Team to Restructure the Agency

A group of scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team pleading with him to restructure the agency, saying managers have ordered, intimidated and coerced scientists to manipulate data in violation of the law.

Decision on BPA—Is the FDA Conclusion Deeply Flawed?

Thirty-six scientific advisers on an independent panel have concluded that the draft decision of the FDA on BPA used “unacceptable criteria for selecting data and depend(ed) heavily upon a key paper this is fatally flawed.”

FDA Hid Names of Melamine Contaminated Infant Formula Products from the Public

The FDA is now under intense fire for once again betraying the public trust and acting to protect the interests of corporations rather than the people. Read More >>

FDA Device Reviewers Allege Agency Coerces Unsound Judgments

Some FDA reviewers of devices and diagnostic products have protested to a congressional committee that they have been pressured into approval recommendations that were against their best scientific judgments.

Ailing FDA May Need a Major Overhaul, Officials and Groups Say

Shaken by a series of alarming failures, the FDA desperately needs an infusion of strong leadership, money, technology and personnel — and perhaps a major restructuring, say former officials, members of Congress, watchdog groups and various government reports.

Rigged Trials: Drug Studies Favor The Manufacturer

If you have often suspected that drug studies are rigged by the pharmaceutical manufacturer, you are right.

FDA Running Extortion Racket: Natural Supplement Companies Threatened w/Arrest if They Don’t Pay Up

Health Supplement Companies are being unfairly targeted by the FDA for posting “drug claims” on their websites. Companies using words like natural cures, treatments and remedies are being harassed for giving nutritional information, even when it is scientifically supported.

Read Dr. Mercola’s Comments on “FDA Running Extortion Racket”


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Important health freedom update

FDA Takes End Run to Award Contract to PR Firm

The FDA has hired a PR firm to counter recent bad press, but the move will cost tax payers more since the FDA circumvented standard government contracting procedures.

Death by Medicine

The American medical system is found to be the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

U.S. Reports of Death, Side Effects from Prescription Drugs Triple

The number of deaths and serious injuries from prescription and over-the-counter drugs climbed from 34,966 to 89,842, according to a report in a September 2007 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Studies Show FDA-Approved Drugs Don’t Work and Cause Other Health Issues

Popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin does not prevent heart disease. And the drug Avandia, widely used to lower diabetics’ blood sugar levels, increases the risk of heart attacks.

Drugs the FDA Says You Can’t Have

Americans suffer and die even though effective drugs to treat their diseases are approved in other countries. The public is generally aware that novel drugs are sold in Europe and Japan, but intense lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry has blocked the wide-scale availability of these better medications.

FDA Relies on Drug Company Research to Determine Product Safety

The FDA claims that the drugs it approves are “safe” by merely reviewing studies conducted by the drug company requesting government approval.

FDA Decides Not to Approve Prostate Cancer Drug

Despite an approval recommendation by its own advisory panel, the FDA declines approval for Provenge, a new drug designed to extend the lives of patients with advanced prostate cancer by stimulating their immune systems.

FDA Claims Bisphenol A in Plastic Bottles Not a Health Hazard

Although the Health and Human Services report that BPA may alter human development, the FDA has decided that BPA found in baby bottles, food can linings, and hard plastic bottles is safe. Environmental groups are critical of FDA’s analysis, which they argue are based on studies funded by industry. “It’s ironic FDA would choose to ignore dozens of studies funded by (the National Institutes of Health) — this country’s best scientists — and instead rely on flawed studies from industry,” Pete Myers, chief scientist for Environmental Health Sciences.

The FDA versus Folic Acid

While multiple scientific journal articles point to the health benefits from folic acid, including reducing the incidence of health attack and stroke, the FDA refuses to accept that folic acid has any benefit other than preventing a certain type of birth defect.

FDA Approves Wrong Drug Plant

The Chinese facility that supplies the active ingredient of the widely used blood thinner heparin was never inspected by the Food and Drug Administration because the agency confused its name with another just like it, agency officials said yesterday.

FDA Delays Requiring Cipro Warning

FDA waited nearly two years to call for its most urgent safety warning on Cipro and other antibiotics. In 2006 it had evidence that these drugs may lead to tendon ruptures, a serious injury that can leave patients incapacitated and needing extensive surgery, but ordered a “black box” warning in July 2008.

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