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The latest on the Covid-19 pandemic after FDA approves first vaccine

Louisiana's largest healthcare system announces vaccination requirement for all employees. Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s largest healthcare system, announced a mandatory vaccination requirement for all its physicians, providers and employees by Oct. 29. The announcement comes a day after the US Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer Covid-19...
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F.D.A. Withdraws Approval from “Whatever Drug Rand Paul Is On”

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Explaining that it was taking the action “out of an abundance of caution,” the Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn its approval from “whatever drug Rand Paul is on.”. The agency emphasized that it did not know what drug the senator was taking, or whether he was...
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FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA In Brief: FDA Issues a Corporate-Wide Warning Letter to Company Associated with Contaminated Pet Food, Hundreds of Adverse Events

The following quote is attributed to Steven M. Solomon, M.P.H., D.V.M., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “The FDA is dedicated to taking all steps possible to help pet owners have confidence that the food they buy for their animal companions is safe and wholesome. We are issuing this corporate-wide warning letter because inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.’s manufacturing plants revealed evidence of violations, which were shared across multiple plants and were associated with the illness or death of hundreds of pets who had eaten the company’s dry dog food. Samples of dog food were found to contain high levels of aflatoxin. It is imperative that manufacturers and distributors of pet foods understand their responsibility to comply with all requirements of federal law and FDA regulations and, when applicable, to implement a robust hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls program. We’ll continue to hold companies accountable and protect animal health as a core element of the FDA’s public health mission.”
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company® Voluntarily Recalls Simply Nourish Brand Frozen Dog Food Due to Elevated Levels of Vitamin D

When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company's announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. Summary. Company Announcement Date:. FDA Publish Date:. Product Type:. Animal & Veterinary. Food & Beverages. Pet Food. Reason for...
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA and Mexican Counterparts Report Progress and Next Steps for Food Safety Partnership

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of food imported from Mexico and advance protections for consumers in both countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its regulatory counterparts in Mexico – the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) and the National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) held the first Food Safety Partnership Annual Meeting on August 20, an important milestone in food safety.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Export Certification

This guidance document is intended to provide a general description of Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) export certification to industry and foreign governments. Firms exporting products from the United States are often asked by foreign customers or foreign governments to supply a certification relating to products subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) and other statutes FDA administers.
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Conan O'Brien's tweet prompts FDA to discourage #MilkCrateChallenge

(CNN) — The latest internet "challenge" involves milk crates and serious pain. In "The Milk Crate Challenge," started recently on TikTok, someone gathers a bunch of milk crates and stacks them as high as they can, then attempts to step up one side and down the other without the crates faltering underneath them.
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nationalgeographic.com

CDC, FDA, NIH—what’s the difference?

The U.S. agencies all play an important role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, but each evolved from a unique moment in public health history. If you get confused by the alphabet soup of agencies managing the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. NIH. FDA. CDC: What are their missions, and how do their roles differ?
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