Posted on 05 January 2013.
New Food Safety Laws Being Implemented
This week the United States Food and Drug Administration officially began implementing a wide variety of changes that were planned for 2013. The overall goal behind the FDA’s new policies and procedures is to reduce the chances of a major food borne sickness breakout from happening. This change was pushed for because of the numerous food illness outbreaks in 2012 and many experts say that these changes will surely be great news for millions of Americans that could have possibly been affected by an outbreak.
There are hundreds of other changes being implemented as well that are entirely focused on increasing food safety. This is obviously great news because it should in fact lead to better food quality and regulation while at the same time reducing risks. The FDA is planning to have consistent checkups on these changes to make sure things are being done properly and they are hopeful that by the end of the year there will be measurable improvements in food safety.
These FDA changes are great news for all Americans because in the past few years there have been thousands of deaths due to poorly regulated food sales. The FDA is dedicated to putting a stop to this and these changes are sure to be a big success according to most experts.
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Posted on 24 October 2012.
FDA Approves Epilepsy Medication
Epilepsy affects a significant number of people around the globe, many of which are young children. Unfortunately for years now there has been no approved medication for children under the age of 12, but today that has all changed thanks to the FDA’s approval of Fycompa.
Fycompa has been in testing for years and now that it has received FDA approval it will finally be on the market for doctors to prescribe. The medication showed a very significant reduction in symptoms and seizures for children under 12 years old, which is precisely what lead to the eventual approval of the drug. Doctors and researchers have been pushing for Fycompa’s approval for quite some time now and now that it has finally been approved it will likely be available in the very near future.
This is absolutely great news for parents of children with epilepsy as it might finally be the medication they’ve been waiting for. It is not often that a major drug breakthrough comes around and this might be a very big deal for millions of people. In the coming months doctors are expected to continue reporting on the effectiveness and success of the drug with real world patients. Doctors are incredibly happy with the FDA’s approval and are hopeful that it will perform as well in the real world as it has in testing.
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Posted on 19 September 2012.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Looks Promising
A medical study released this week shows that some time in the near future suffers of the debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis, may have a promising treatment. Currently around half a million people in the USA alone are affected by MS and millions more worldwide suffer, which is precisely why this treatment is such good news. The new drug, Myelin, is an oral pill rather than injection which is what makes it so unique.
Currently there are no oral treatments for MS that are effective, making Myelin the best option if it gets approved. The important thing is that Myelin was incredibly effective at treating MS and reducing symptoms during the medical trials so if it becomes publicly available it could improve the lives of millions of people.
The FDA is going to be hearing the case for Myelin sometime soon and most analysts predict it will likely be approved for use. If that is the case then it will hopefully be available on shelves sometime before the end of the year, but at this point it is absolutely impossible to say for sure. Regardless, doctors are incredibly happy with how well Myelin has performed in all medical trials and will continue to fight until it has been approved or improved enough o finally be approved for use as it is the best option on the market right now.
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Posted on 20 July 2012.
FDA Officially Approves First HIV Prevention Drug
Today the FDA made a landmark approval in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The new drug that was approved is the first of its kind and nearly all medical analysts agree that it will absolutely be the most monumental step forward in recent years.
HIV and AIDS are currently affecting millions and millions of people around the world and while there are effective prevention methods, none of them are actual medical prevention methods. This is precisely why doctors have been trying to come up with a medical solution and today’s FDA approval marks the day that a true medical prevention to HIV has finally become a reality.
The new drug is not 100% effective but the FDA was more than happy to approve it with an approximately 75% affectivity rate. The fact that this is truly the first drug of its kind is what makes this such amazing news and it once again goes to show that medical research is in fact making progress while the world watches. The drug will likely be available sometime in the near future but for now it is simply amazing news that the drug has been approved and will be available soon. HIV and AIDS are still an ongoing battle for millions but this may help bring that battle to a close in the future.
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Posted on 18 June 2012.
FDA Entering Approval Process for New Drug
For the past six months Pfizer, a leading drug company, has been selling a drug in Europe that treats a rare and deadly disease. The drug has received dozens of approvals around the world and now that it has seen some real world use the drug has finally spread to the United States. Proponents for the drug claim that it could save countless lives each year and as a result the FDA is now entering the first stage of possibly approving the drug for use in America.
The drug treats a relatively uncommon neurological disease but many doctors and analysts feel it might actually be able to treat or reduce the effects of many other similar disease. Pfizer has, for many reasons, been pushing for the drug to be available in America and now that the FDA is looking at it we might be one step closer to making that a reality.
This is great news for thousands of people directly affected by the disease, but more importantly it shows that around the world medical expertise and research is being shared and expanded. Medicines are treating new diseases every single day and as the years pass it is only a matter of time before some sort of viable medicine becomes available for any number of major issue. The FDA has not yet said when they will begin the proceedings but it is expected to begin sometime in the coming month.
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Posted on 12 June 2012.
New Heart Valve Soon to Be FDA Approved
Heart valve failure is a relatively common issue suffered by thousands of people every single year. Unfortunately at this point the only viable solution to fix the problem is extensive surgery requiring hours of precise work, but now there may be another great alternative available.
The new system is called a Sapien Heart Value and the creators of the device say that it works just as well as traditional heart valves but does not require nearly as intensive of a surgical procedure. Obviously there is still surgery involved but the amazing thing is that the significant reduction in surgery invasiveness also leads to significantly reduced healing times.
The FDA just began hearing the case for the heart valve but preliminary results look good. This could be absolutely great news for the thousands of patients that are treated each year for heart value failure, especially since most analysts believe the FDA will soon approve the new system. Saving recovery time and reducing the surgical risk are two of the biggest motivating factors of most medical research and that is exactly what has been accomplished with this new heart value, this is absolutely great news and in the future it will likely continue to spread to other surgical operations. The possibilities are endless and it is amazing to see that medical research is finally beginning to cut down on the severity of most major surgeries.
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Posted on 22 February 2012.
FDA Sources New Drug Suppliers
Currently two of the leading drug suppliers for various cancer drugs are running behind schedule due to such demand and this has been causing some serious issues. Fortunately the good news is that today the FDA officially announced that new suppliers have been brought on board to provide tested and correct medication in order to supplement the demand. No longer will there be such a shortage of much needed cancer drugs thanks to the increase in supply.
The drugs currently experiencing a shortage are used to treat multiple types of cancers and for the past 3 to 6 months it has been nearly impossible for doctors to get enough to actually treat many patients. In the next few weeks the FDA is hopeful that the supply will once again be able to catch up to the ever increasing demand. If this is the case it is possible that thousands more patients will be able to be treated quickly and efficiently thanks to increased supply. The FDA has also made it clear that in the future they will be doing anything and everything possible to decrease or eliminate shortages such as this. It will likely always take a little bit of time to source supplementary supplies but the good news is that a long term drug shortage such as this should not ever happen again as long as the FDA stays on task and continues to work to find new suppliers and sources.
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Posted on 17 November 2011.
FDA Backs new Pneumonia Vaccine
Today a special committee that was formed by the FDA reached their final decision on what to do with a new vaccine for pneumonia in adults. The vaccine is currently the only of its kind and thanks to this ruling from the FDA it will finally be possible to actually distribute the vaccine and use it as it was designed.
The vaccine was originally designed to help fight a variety of potential illnesses but through extensive testing doctors continued to find that it was simply the most effective at preventing pneumonia in older adults. This is great news because many doctors say that it could easily and effectively save thousands of lives each year that would otherwise be caused by pneumonia.
Unfortunately the one problem with this is that the FDA committee is not the final word. The FDA itself is still going to be hearing the case on the vaccine before it becomes publicly available; fortunately the FDA decided that it is going to be classified as an incredibly important piece of work and will be pushed straight to the front of the line for the fastest approval possible. Shortly after that happens the vaccine will likely begin to become available as production steps up, no word on how long it will be before the vaccine is widely used and available for the public around the country. In the next few weeks though we may receive final word of approval for the vaccine.
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Posted on 20 July 2011.
FDA Proposing Medical App Regulation
Since the explosion of smartphones and other technological devices the number of medical themed or medicine based apps available has grown significantly. These medical apps vary greatly in what they do, say, or recommend but today the FDA announced that they will begin looking into regulations for these in some way or another.
The FDA is planning to impose these regulations for two main reasons; first of all the FDA wants to limit or prevent false information from being spread to general consumers. More importantly the FDA wants to begin regulating how and when medical apps can be used by healthcare officials when treating or dealing with patients. This is a big step because currently some doctors are using a variety of smartphone or tablet apps without any real regulation.
Current regulations on the use of apps are pretty much nonexistent so most analysts say that adding some regulations is a great idea. No exact word on how restrictive the regulations will be and it will likely be quite some time before the FDA has anything concrete put in place as well. A final step that the FDA is hoping to include is the implementation of regulations on add on hardware for smartphone and tablet devices that will allow them to be used as precise medical instruments. The hardware is already in the works by many companies so adding some actual regulations should help speed the process and eventually help revolutionize the way technology in healthcare works.
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