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FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

Don't let unused or expired medicines collect in your home. Learn about community take-back programs, including the annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and other ways to dispose of unused drugs safely.
Posted: April 25, 2016, 1:30 pm
The medical marketplace is about to get bigger. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a second biosimilar product and expects to approve other biosimilars in the future.
Posted: April 7, 2016, 12:00 pm
You may be surprised to learn that there is arsenic found in rice. FDA is taking steps to protect consumers and reduce the amount in infant rice cereal.
Posted: April 1, 2016, 1:00 pm
Colorectal cancer is preventable and -- if caught early enough -- treatable. FDA explains who should get screened and when.
Posted: March 22, 2016, 12:00 pm
Healthy breakfasts are a must for kids. This article and short video provide tips on making it happen.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 12:30 pm
FDA is warning consumers about problems with products marketed as dietary supplements (including multivitamins), thermometers and other products.
Posted: March 15, 2016, 11:00 am
Reported cases of mumps and pertussis have risen in the United States in recent years even though many people are vaccinated. As part of the FDA's commitment to protect the public health, FDA scientists are working to learn why more cases are occurring, and how vaccines which are already safe and effective can be made even better. Here's what you should know.
Posted: March 8, 2016, 12:21 pm
If you buy imported products marketed as 'dietary supplements' and nonprescription drugs, beware. Health fraud scams abound. Watch a video and read more to protect your family.
Posted: March 4, 2016, 5:30 pm
Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, work-related accidents and depression. Learn more about this disorder and how to treat it.
Posted: March 4, 2016, 2:30 pm
The FDA is informing consumers about the need to carefully read and follow directions for contact lens solutions that use hydrogen peroxide. Failure to read and follow directions and warnings for these products can result in stinging, burning, and/or damage to eyes. Read more to learn how to use these products safely.
Posted: February 26, 2016, 2:00 pm
Decorative contact lenses, also called 'colored' or 'costume' contact lenses, are not cosmetics or over-the-counter merchandise. They are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and you need a prescription to avoid eye injury. Before buying these lenses, here's what you should know.
Posted: February 26, 2016, 1:00 pm
In addition to offering flexibility and convenience, contacts help correct a variety of vision disorders. But contact lenses also present potential risks. See these safety basics, including information on proper hygiene and proper practices for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your lenses.
Posted: February 26, 2016, 12:50 pm
Kids can benefit from wearing contacts, but these lenses can cause serious eye injuries if not used and treated properly. There are issues parents should consider and, if the decision is to go with contacts, specific hygiene and safety advice to follow.
Posted: February 26, 2016, 12:45 pm
Can you bring foreign drugs into the U.S.? Or refill a foreign prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? FDA can help you understand the rules for flying with medications or shipping them from overseas.
Posted: February 2, 2016, 1:00 pm
Heartworm is difficult to treat but can be prevented with drugs approved by FDA.
Posted: January 27, 2016, 1:46 pm
Cervical cancer is largely preventable and, if detected early, curable. The keys to cervical health come down to two kinds of tests evaluated by FDA. Learn the role FDA plays and what you can do to maximize your cervical health.
Posted: January 21, 2016, 4:43 pm
FDA uses innovative public education campaigns to educate youth about the dangers of smoking.
Posted: January 13, 2016, 1:00 pm
A conversation with FDA's newest neonatologist, Gerri Baer
Posted: January 6, 2016, 1:00 pm
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, this is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. While contagious viruses are active year-round, fall and winter are when we're all most vulnerable to them.
Posted: January 4, 2016, 2:00 pm
Meant to get vaccinated last fall to prevent the flu, but somehow didn't get around to it? Think it's too late to get one now? Not so. Find out why it's still not too late.
Posted: December 29, 2015, 12:30 pm