Posts Tagged ‘health’

The Food and Drug Administration is so understaffed that, at its current pace, the agency would need at least 27 years to inspect every foreign medical device plant that exports to the United States, 13 years to check every foreign drug plant and 1,900 years to examine every foreign food plant, according to government investigators.

This stunning opener was the start of an article in today’s New York Times outlining how the FDA is at a breaking point between the services it is supposed to provide and those it actually can provide. This comes as Congress has announced the investigation of FDA officials for failure to properly inspect a product now on the marketplace. (more…)


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Both the EU and the US took steps toward allowing meat and milk from cloned animals into the marketplace this week. The FDA could give it’s final ruling on the issue as early as next week. The EU body which is required to take ethical and social considerations into account, (unlike the FDA, obviously if black box drugs are any indication) is expected to come to a decision on approving the sale soon. (more…)

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The BBC is running a story about the spread of bird flu strain H5N1 in Suffolk. The US website PandemicFlu.gov tells us we’re seeking public comment on the first draft of a flu vaccine plan. Color us, nonplussed.

Key Facts About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus
World Health Organization- Confirmed Human Cases of Avian Influenza
Is H5N1 bird flu endemic in Europe?

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