Sunday, June 30, 2013

FDA - Seizes & Shuts Down 1,677 Illegal Rx Websites

Press Announcements > FDA takes action to protect consumers from dangerous medicines sold by illegal online pharmacies:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this week against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines to consumers. These actions include the issuance of regulatory warnings, and seizure of offending websites and $41,104,386 worth of illegal medicines worldwide."

"The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations Cybercrime Investigations Unit banner is now displayed on seized websites to help consumers identify them as illegal. Here are some examples:
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fireworks Safety & Injuries - Be Safe!

Take caution with fireworks!

Fireworks injuries sent more than 5,000 people to U.S. emergency departments in the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July last year, with firecrackers, aerial explosives and homemade devices causing most of the harm, consumer safety experts said. About 60 percent of the estimated 8,700 people treated for injuries in 2012 were hurt between June 22 and July 22, according to new figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Follow the link below to view the US CPSC Fireworks injuries infographic.

CPSC Science: Fireworks Injuries 2013 Update | OnSafety:

"Back after high demand last year, we have an updated version of our Fireworks Injuries infographic."

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

UN World Drug Report 2013 - Alarming rise in NPS

The acronym NPS stands for new psychoactive substances.

World Drug Report: stability in use of traditional drugs, alarming rise in new psychoactive substances:

"This is an alarming drug problem - but the drugs are legal. Sold openly, including via the internet, NPS, which have not been tested for safety, can be far more dangerous than traditional drugs. Street names, such as "spice", "meow-meow" and "bath salts" mislead young people into believing that they are indulging in low-risk fun. Given the almost infinite scope to alter the chemical structure of NPS, new formulations are outpacing efforts to impose international control. While law enforcement lags behind, criminals have been quick to tap into this lucrative market. The adverse effects and addictive potential of most of these uncontrolled substances are at best poorly understood."

For more information:
World Drug Report 2013

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FDA - Mobile Medical App Guidance - Will it be delayed?

Final days of waiting for FDA mobile medical app guidance? | mobihealthnews:

"Now, on the eve of the FDA’s publication of the final guidelines, the Bipartisan Policy Center and companies that include McKesson, Microsoft, Oracle, athenahealth, Epocrates, Siemens, UnitedHealth Group, Teladoc, the Silicon Valley Chapter of Health 2.0 and StartUp Health have asked HHS to delay the FDA’s final guidelines on mobile medical apps until the workgroup [FDASIA workgroup] finishes."

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Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) - New from the NIH & NLM

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD):

"The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and National Library of Medicine (NLM). The DSLD contains the full label contents from a sample of dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S."

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hand Washing - Only 5% Do It Well Enough

The art of hand washing has yet to be mastered:

"According to a study led by Borchgrevink, only 5% of people washed their hands enough to kill infection and illness causing germs after using the bathroom. To make matters worse, 33% of hand washers didn't use soap, and 10% skipped the hygienic step altogether.

"It's horrifying," Borchgrevink says. "A majority didn't even make an effort.""

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

AMA Declares Obesity Is A Disease

90 Million Americans Wake Up to New Disease as Obesity Reclassified:

"Obesity has been official declared a disease by the American Medical Association after passing a vote this Tuesday. As such, this effectively means that upwards of 78 million adults and 12 million children across the US have a dangerous medical condition that demands treatment."

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Monday, June 17, 2013

FDA - Hurricane Safety Checklist

Public Health Focus > Hurricane Safety Checklist:

"The FDA reminds consumers to take precautions for storing water and ensuring the safety of their food and medical supplies for themselves, their families, and their pets during and after any hurricane-related rain, possible flooding and power outages.

The agency also reminds consumers that it is important to have a plan in place for emergency medication and medical supplies for both people and animals. This is especially true for those with health concerns, particularly if the power goes out.

In general, FDA encourages consumers to: . . . "

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

FDA Draft Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

Guidance Documents (Medical Devices and Radiation-Emitting Products) > Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices - Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff:

"This guidance provides recommendations to consider and document in FDA medical device premarket submissions to provide effective cybersecurity management and to reduce the risk that device functionality is intentionally or unintentionally compromised."

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