December 2011

Breaking News: FDA ruling on emergency contraception overruled

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today overruled federal drug regulators to block wider access to the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B.
A panel of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that Plan B should be made available without a prescription to women of all ages, according to a statement from FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Hamburg agreed with their decision, but Sebelius intervened to block over-the-counter access.

FDA removes HCG weight loss products from market

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  and the Federal Trade Commission said over-the-counter weight loss products containing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) are fraudulent and illegal, and the agencies have told seven manufacturers to stop selling them.  They have become a popular but fraudulent fad.

“There is no substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from the recommended caloric restriction,” said Elizabeth Miller, acting director of the FDA’s fraud unit for OTC products.

Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women

Today, World AIDS Day, is a good time to reflect on how this disease effects women since it’s discovery in 1981.  HIV incidence among women increased gradually until the late 1980s, declined during the early 1990s, and has remained relatively stable since, at approximately a quarter of new infections (23% in 2009).  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 290,000 women are living with HIV/AIDS in the US.