News Section:  Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications

February 2, 2016

Get Consumer Updates by E-mail  Download PDF (178 K) You’re returning from a trip overseas and want to bring back over-the-counter drugs from Europe that aren’t available here. Can you? Your mother-in-law is visiting from Mexico to help with the new baby and runs out of her blood pressure medication. Can she refill her prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? Your foreign exchange student forgot his allergy medication. Can his parents …click to read more…

Heartworm Prevention in Your Pet 

January 27, 2016

Get Consumer Updates by E-mail Consumer Updates RSS Feed  Download PDF (387 K) On this page: Heartworm Disease Prevention Vs. Treatment Types of Heartworm Preventives Injectable Heartworm Preventive Tips for Consumers Heartworm is a difficult-to-treat and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats, but it can be prevented with drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Owners have a variety of products to choose from to help keep …click to read more…

FDA’s Smoking Prevention Campaigns: Reaching Teens Where They ‘Live’

January 13, 2016

Fresh Empire is the agency’s first attempt at targeting underserved, multicultural populations, including African American, Hispanic, and Asian American/Pacific Islander youth. Get Consumer Updates by E-mail  Download PDF (252 K) On this page: The Real Cost Fresh Empire Connecting Through Social Media What’s Next? If you think smoking is part of a bygone, “Mad Men” era, think again. Young people, in particular, are still very much at risk. Every day …click to read more…

Shoring Up the Still-Emerging Science of Neonatology

January 6, 2016

Above: A pediatrician puts a premature newborn baby into a fetal position to help him relax. Below: Neonatologist and Lead Medical Officer Gerri Baer is a welcome new face at FDA, focusing on drug and device product development, safety, and labeling for neonates. Get Consumer Updates by E-mail  Download PDF (191 K) Neonatologist Gerri Baer is a welcome new face at FDA. Since she began at the agency in September …click to read more…

Get Set for a Healthy Winter Season

December 29, 2015

Get Consumer Updates by E-mail  Download PDF (339 K) En Español On this page:  Colds and Flu Prevention Tips What to Do if You’re Already Sick Tips for Taking OTC Products Although contagious viruses are active year-round, we’re most vulnerable to them in fall and winter. That’s because, in large part, we spend more time indoors with other people when the weather gets cold. Fortunately, you can fight back with …click to read more…

It’s Still Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine

December 29, 2015

Get Consumer Updates by E-mail  Download PDF (302 K) En Español On this page: Why a new vaccine? Identifying likely virus strains Who’s most affected? Meant to get vaccinated in the fall to ward off the flu, but somehow didn’t get around to it? Think it’s too late to get vaccinated now? Not so. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccinations can be protective as long as flu …click to read more…

FDA Proposes New Safety Measures for Indoor Tanning Devices: The Facts

December 18, 2015

En Español Get Consumer Updates by E-mail Consumer Updates RSS Feed  Download PDF (317 K)  On this page: How This Announcement Could Affect You You Can Comment on Proposed Rules What to Know If You Still Plan to Use an Indoor Tanning Device There are many risks from indoor tanning devices: Using sunlamp products such as indoor tanning beds or booths exposes you to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and increases your …click to read more…

Indoor Tanning: The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays

December 18, 2015

En Español Get Consumer Updates by E-mail Consumer Updates RSS Feed  Download PDF (359 K) On this page: Cancer Risk Other Risks Tanning in Children and Teens FDA Regulation The Riskiest Practices Melanoma: One Woman’s Story Sunlamps and tanning beds promise consumers a bronzed body year-round, but the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from these devices poses serious health risks. “Although some people think that a tan gives them a ‘healthy’ glow, …click to read more…

Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards

December 17, 2015

En Español Get Consumer Updates by E-mail  Download PDF (203 K) On this page: Stocking Stuffers and Pet Treats Tinsel and Ribbons Holiday Plants Table Scraps Other Human Treats, Including Alcohol This holiday season, while you’re busy decorating, cooking, and wrapping gifts, remember to watch out for holiday temptations for your pets. FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper tells how to keep your animals safe. Stocking Stuffers and Pet Treats If your …click to read more…

Who’s in Clinical Trials?

December 9, 2015

Get Consumer Updates by E-mail Consumer Updates RSS Feed  Download PDF (317 K)  On this page: Demographic Information in One Place How This Helps Consumers Designing Better Clinical Studies Have you ever wondered if someone like you participated in the clinical trials for a new drug? If you have, you’re not alone. That’s why FDA is making demographic information from clinical trials, such as the inclusion of women and minority …click to read more…