Food and Drug Administration

Why the Government Is Treating Generic Morning-After Pills Differently Than Plan B
March 03, 2014

Under a new FDA ruling, makers of the generic drugs must indicate that the drug is intended for “women 17 years of age or older.” 

Same Old, Same Old
February 22, 2012

Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law By Richard A. Epstein (Harvard University Press, 233 pp., $29.95) Richard Epstein is the same as he ever was. Part erudite scholar of Roman law and the common law, part provocative intellectual who promotes a view that he calls “classical liberalism,” Epstein is relentlessly true to himself, and this gives his works a unity of tone and content that both pleases and distresses.

Why Obama's Decision on Plan B Is So Troubling
December 08, 2011

The Obama Administration has done plenty to protect reproductive rights and access to contraception. Abroad, it rescinded the Mexico City directive prohibiting federal assistance to global health organizations that promote or perform abortion services. At home, it has poured significant new money into family planning clinics. And that’s not to mention the fact that Obama has put on the Supreme Court two women likely to support a woman’s right to have an abortion.

Can Electronic Medical Records Improve Our Health Without Jeopardizing Our Privacy?
November 25, 2011

[Guest Post by Darius Tahir] Early this September Stanford Hospital discovered that somebody had posted personal data for nearly 20,000 emergency room patients online, so that anyone who happened across the page could look up everything from the patients’ names to the codes identifying their various diagnoses. Worse still, the data had been online for more than a year. The tale of how the data ended up online involves the sort of slapstick you expect from a bad sitcom.

Romney’s Stupidest Idea of the Week
September 12, 2011

One of the signature policy proposals that Mitt Romney outlined in his economic plan and highlighted in his USA Today op-ed last week is a policy that is as pernicious in practice as it sounds unthreatening. On page 61 of his plan, Romney proposes to cap the rate at which agencies would impose new regulations at zero. This means that if an agency is required by law to issue a new regulation, it must offset the costs, presumably by eliminating some other regulations.

Morning Links
June 23, 2011

- A series of studies out of the Urban Institute found that the Affordable Care Act will have generally positive effects on small businesses and their employees. - Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg explains the logic behind the graphic cigarette pack labels that the FDA introduced on Tuesday—here and here. - Howard Gleckman offers six “common-sense principles” to reform Social Security.

Morning Links
June 21, 2011

- Bruce Bartlett lays out evidence refuting the claim, recently trumpeted by Tim Pawlenty, that tax cuts pay for themselves. - Citing the “serious threat” posed by under-regulated food and medical imports, the Food and Drug Administration announced a long-term plan on Monday for greater scrutiny of foreign shipments to the U.S. - In case you missed it: A vote that would have been the first to unionize one of Target’s 1,750 U.S. stores failed on Friday in Valley Stream, New York.

Return of the Salmonella Republicans
March 14, 2011

Remember the salmonella-infected tomatoes of 2008? How about the tainted peanut butter of 2007? Or the bad spinach of 2006? These outbreaks sickened thousands and cost the produce industry hundreds of millions. Yet somehow the Republican Party has forgotten about them. How else to explain their posture on funding for the Food and Drug Administration? As part of their campaign to reduce federal spending, House Republicans want to reduce FDA food safety funding by $241 million for the duration of this fiscal year.

'The Priorities ... Are Upside Down'
February 17, 2011

The spending cuts House Republicans want to pass are too numerous for me to catalog.