After a cosmetic product hits the stores, however, "if the FDA
finds that it is not safe for consumers, we can take steps to have the product removed," says Katz.
In 1997, CSPI petitioned the FDA
to set rules for egg producers that would prevent contamination of their eggs with Salmonella bacteria.
expanded the committee meeting from one to two days in response to pressure from the Society and people with MS because so many people wanted to voice their opinions about Tysabri.
is largely focusing its attentions elsewhere.
Commissioner Lester Crawford claimed there are unresolved safety questions about the pill's use by teenage girls.
Congress responded by passing the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938--legislation that would vest the relatively new FDA
with far more power than it previously had.
a dozen patients tell a different FDA
advisory committee about the excruciating pain, stiffness and helplessness they had suffered until they started taking the Cox-2 pain relievers Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra.
Weeks after the baseball player's death, the FDA
proposed a set of mandatory "good manufacturing practices" (GMPs) for dietary supplements to ensure more reliable quality.
On one side, they've been pushed to defang the FDA
: In 1994, after complaining about the spiraling costs involved in getting a drug approved by the agency, pharmaceutical companies convinced Congress to pass legislation forcing the FDA
to approve drugs more quickly.
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In January, the FDA
Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee held a meeting on salvage therapy trial design.
Citing the public health issues related to tobacco products and noting that tobacco is a dangerous product when used as directed, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the majority, stated, "By no means do we (the Court) question the seriousness of the problem that the FDA
had sought to address.