FDA to Begin Regulating E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 7:52 am

The federal government is getting involved in the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed extending its authority over tobacco product including cigars, pipes, nicotine gels, hookahs, and electronic cigarettes. Currently, the FDA regulates only cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. Under the proposed rules e-cigarette makers will need to [...]

FDA Moves to End the Use of Trans Fats

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 11:11 am

The Food and Drug Administration is effectively putting an end to the use of trans fats. Companies will have to phase out their use. From the FDA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease [...]

So Much for Making Policy Decisions Based on Science

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 7:46 am

The Obama administration has decided to fight a court order to allow Plan B to  be sold over the counter to younger women. This is a very disappointing move by a man that goes to great lengths to pretend to be a “technocrat.” This whole fight started when back in 2011 the FDA, after extensive review, concluded that [...]

Obama’s Deeply Paternalistic Statement on Plan B Decision

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 10:34 am

This is a pure expression of male paternalism regarding women being able to make their own reproductive decisions. From USA Today: President Obama said today that “as the father of two daughters,” he supports his health secretary’s decision to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B “morning after” birth control pill to girls under 17 [...]

Plan B Reminder: Obama Controls the Executive Branch at All Levels

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 8:59 am

Yesterday the United States Department of Health and Human Services did something extraordinary. For the first time ever, the HHS secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration. After a careful, lengthy and scientific review, the FDA came to the conclusion that the emergency contraceptive, Plan B, should be available over the counter. In what [...]

Plan B: When You Don’t Fight, You Get Walked on Later

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 2:24 pm

During the health care reform fight the women’s reproductive rights groups and legislators were basically sold out. President Obama decided to cut a deal with Bart Stupak’s Gang. He assumed that the pro-choice and women legislators in the House and pro-choice groups would just fall in line, and they did with very little fighting. Passing [...]

Drugmaker “Slashes” Price, Pregnant Women to Be Charged Only 35 Times Previous Cost

By: Friday April 1, 2011 4:43 pm

The drugmaker KV Pharmaceuticals has decided to drop the price of a pregnancy drug after public outcry. From ABC News: Bowing to heavy pressure from the medical community and the Food and Drug Administration, KV Pharmaceuticals slashed the cost of its pricey drug to prevent premature births, Makena, today by half. KV cut the price [...]

FDA Reverses Decision to Give Drug Company Right to Ripoff Pregnant Women

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 9:02 am

This is a rare piece of good news reflecting the positive impact investigative journalism and public outcry can have. The Food and Drug Administration has partly reversed its horrible decision to grant a drug company an exclusive monopoly over an already commonly used medication, which allowed that company to jack up prices 15,000%. From the [...]