Does the FDA
think cosmetics-safety activists like Jessica are overreacting to inconclusive scientific findings?
In 1998, CSPI petitioned the FDA
to require food labels to disclose the presence of a natural coloring called carmine (it's derived from red beetles), which causes occasional allergic reactions.
The open public discussion followed a presentation by FDA
officials and reviews by Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
According to FDA
Consumer, "In 1994, FDA
headquarters received approximately 200 reports of adverse reactions to cosmetics.
Critics charge that the FDA
ignored its own advisory panel due to pressure from the Bush administration's fundamentalist allies.
The law required that manufacturers label drugs with directions and warnings, but the FDA
could excuse drugs from the requirements in cases where labeling was "not necessary for the protection of public health.
At least since the early 1990s, the FDA
has been stuck on a seesaw, alternately criticized as either a bureaucratic obstacle to industry, or the lapdog of industry--too slow in getting desperately needed drugs to the public, or too fast in rushing dangerous drugs onto pharmacy shelves.
At the end of 2003, the FDA
finally announced a ban of dietary supplements containing ephedra, which took effect in April 2004.
Internal Wyeth documents show that while Redux was undergoing FDA
review during the mid-1990s, cases of pulmonary hypertension linked to the drug were skyrocketing in Europe.
You, your health care provider, or anyone may report a serious adverse event or illness directly to FDA
if you believe it is related to the use of any dietary supplement product, by calling FDA
-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA
-0178 or reporting on-line at: http://www.
Michael Marco, of the Treatment Action Group (TAG), commented after the FDA
advisory committee meeting, "Today is the day when industry can stop saying the FDA
is not sending a clear message.
But two weeks later on April 28, 1994, two former scientists for Phillip Morris told the Subcommittee about their "company-sponsored research establishing the addictive properties of nicotine," (2) Additional testimony from FDA
scientists revealed evidence of the cigarette industry's manipulation of nicotine, specifically the breeding of high nicotine levels in one strain of tobacco and the use of chemical compounds to enhance nicotine delivery to smokers.
has said labeling genetically modified food isn't necessary if the nutritional value hasn't changed and if no allergen has been introduced.
staff can now share information and review documents in minutes versus days, volumes of data are easier to manage and archive, consumers get faster access to medications, and drug companies can release medications sooner, increasing their daily revenues by millions of dollars.
District Judge Dale Kimball to stop the FDA
from interfering with the company's imports.