FDA Watch

 

Make Your Voice Heard in Patient-Focused Drug Development

June 20, 2018

An FDA meeting early next month will focus on developing drugs for chronic pain and patient input on the topic will be emphasized. Find out how your voice can be heard in the drug development process.

Suicide and Mental Illness: The Forgotten Health Crises in America

June 12, 2018
Suicide and Mental Illness: The Forgotten Health Crises in America

The suicides of 2 high-profile individuals has renewed focus on mental illness the same week a CDC report found a drastic rise in suicide rates. Are we approaching, treating and funding mental health appropriately and what more can be done?

What One Nordic Country Can Teach Us About Healthy Living

June 5, 2018
What One Nordic Country Can Teach Us About Healthy Living

What can a country where sheep outnumber residents by about 2.5:1 teach the US about living more healthy? Plenty.

Why School Shootings Are as Much Public Health Issues as They Are Gun Control Ones

May 22, 2018
Why School Shootings Are as Much Public Health Issues as They Are Gun Control Ones

It’s time to face the reality that the epidemic of school shootings is as much a public health issue as it is a gun control issue. It will take a combination of approaches to end. And we must put politics aside.

Can Hot Dogs Influence the Drugs a Doctor Prescribes?

May 15, 2018

A stroll around the exhibit area of the American Psychiatric Association Conference demonstrates how pharma marketing can influence the prescribing patterns of doctors — possibly at the expense of patients’ health.

Mariah Carey: An Unexpected Mental Health Advocate

May 8, 2018
Mariah Carey: An Unexpected Mental Health Advocate

Singer Mariah Carey’s recent brave revelation that she suffers from bipolar disorder is a shining example of how celebrities can use their status to improve dialogue and policies regarding mental and other illnesses.

What Does Singapore Know About Healthcare that We Don’t?

May 1, 2018
Want to Lead a Healthier Life That Doesn’t Rely on Drugs? It’s Tough, But Doable

Want to live a more healthy life and keep disease in check? Don’t count on medications, which have side effects. Changes in diet and lifestyle are key, and can actually minimize, if not eliminate, the need for prescription drugs — and the benefits are long-term.

A Medical Marijuana Revolution in the Making?

April 24, 2018
A Medical Marijuana Revolution in the Making?

An FDA advisory committee just gave the thumbs-up, for the first time, to a drug that contains plant-based CBD, the therapeutic component of marijuana. What impact does this have on patients?

Is Kratom as Dangerous as the FDA Claims? It’s Hard to Tell

April 10, 2018
Is Kratom as Dangerous as the FDA Claims? It’s Hard to Tell

The FDA says the herb kratom, used to treat pain, depression and anxiety, is dangerous. Kratom users say that’s wrong. Who’s right?

Trump Administration Censoring Women’s Health Info on Government Sites

April 4, 2018
Trump Administration Censoring Women’s Health Info on Government Sites

Valuable health information — particularly on women’s health — has been scrubbed from government websites by the Trump Administration. Why?

House Defeat of a “Right-to-Try” Bill a Victory for Patients

March 14, 2018
House Defeat of a “Right-to-Try” Bill a Victory for Patients

The “right-to-try” movement isn’t being driven by concern for patients at all, but rather to protect drug companies.

What Could Be Bad About an At-Home Test for Breast Cancer Risk?

March 7, 2018
What Could Be Bad About an At-Home Test for Breast Cancer Risk?

What could be negative about an at-home test that can determine if you are at elevated risk for developing several types of cancer? It turns out, plenty.