Treating and Preventing Head Lice
Head lice affect millions of children every year. Schoolchildren are commonly affected by head lice, which attach to hair and feed on human blood.
“Although head lice are a year-round problem, the number of cases usually peaks during back-to-school time in the fall and again in January,” says Patricia Brown, M.D., a dermatologist at the FDA.
Here are some tips to protect your children and your family from this menace.
Infant Formula Supply
The FDA continues efforts to increase the supply of infant formula production in the U.S.
As part of the efforts, imported infant formula that’s been reviewed by the FDA is showing up on store shelves and on the websites of formula companies and major retailers.
Because these products are new to the U.S. market, and therefore new to you, you may have questions about them. It is important to talk with your child’s health care provider for advice and the appropriate formulas to substitute as you consider your options.
FDA Takes Steps to Further Harmonize Clinical Research Regulations with HHS Common Rule
By: Hilary Marston, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer and Ann Meeker-O’Connell, M.S., Director, Office of Clinical Policy (pictured below)
Clinical trials play a crucial role in advancing science and supporting the development of new medical products to address unmet patient needs. Reliable data from well-designed trials about a medical product’s safety and effectiveness are critical to the FDA’s decision-making about a product’s benefits and risks.
In general, clinical trials, particularly advanced stage trials, that enroll participants reflecting the diversity of patient populations will help make it possible to apply the findings from clinical trials to broader patient populations and maximize the public health impact of FDA cleared or approved products.
FDA Outlines Work Underway to Ensure the Safety of Imported Produce
By: Donald Prater, Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety and Julie Moss, Director of the Office of International Engagement in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (pictured below)
A lot of the food that American consumers eat and serve their families is imported from other countries. Of the foods subject to oversight by the FDA, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and seafood have the greatest percentage of imports at 55%, 32%, and 94%, respectively.
Importantly, the FDA’s public health mandate does not distinguish between foods produced in the U.S. and those produced in other nations. We require all food that reaches U.S. consumers to meet the same safety standards.
That said, there are unique challenges associated with the oversight of imported food. Global food supply chains are complex, with varying food safety systems and differing regulatory oversight among the more than 200 countries and territories exporting food to the U.S.
Procedures for Handling Post-Approval Studies Imposed by PMA Order
The purpose of this guidance document is to assist stakeholders with understanding post approval study (PAS) requirements imposed as a condition of PMA approval. The final guidance “Procedures for Handling Post-Approval Studies Imposed by PMA Order” is intended to update and replace the guidance issued in June 2009.
Size, Shape, and Other Physical Attributes of Generic Tablets and Capsules
Tablets and capsules are widely manufactured and prescribed and may provide a number of advantages over other dosage forms, including ease of storage, portability, ease of administration, and accuracy in dosing.
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Webinars and Virtual Workshops
Challenges and Opportunities for REMS Integration, Innovation, and Modernization
October 11, 2022; 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM ET
The FDA and Duke-Margolis are collaborating to host a virtual public workshop to solicit feedback from key stakeholders on a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) integration prototype.
FDA Oncology Center of Excellence Conversations on Cancer: Highlights in Oncofertility: Trends in an Emerging Field for Cancer Survivors
October 12, 2022; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
The field is largely focused on medical and surgical methods to achieve preservation and restoration of reproductive function and hormonal balance in patients diagnosed with cancer. It also engages the psychosocial aspects of infertility from cancer and treatment through counseling and education.
The goal of oncofertility programs is to achieve fertility in as many patients desiring biological offspring as possible and to reduce altered hormonal function in all patients.
Quality Considerations for the Multi-Attribute Method (MAM) for Therapeutic Proteins
October 13, 2022; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
- Discuss how the LC-MS based multi-attribute method can be used for quality control of therapeutic proteins.
- Discuss how the multi-attribute method can detect multiple product quality attributes or critical quality attributes within a single LC-MS run.
- Discuss the key considerations for implementation of the multi-attribute method, including risk assessment, method validation, new peak detection, and conventional method comparisons.
Webinar - Clinical Decision Support Software Final Guidance
October 18, 2022; 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET
FDA will host a webinar for industry and interested stakeholders to discuss and answer questions about the Clinical Decision Support Software final guidance.
Registration is not necessary.
12th Annual Global Summit on Regulatory Science
October 19 - 21, 2022
The 12th annual Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS22) will be held October 19 - 21, 2022, in Singapore. It is being co-hosted by Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the Global Coalition of Regulatory Science and Research (GCRSR). The theme for this year’s Global Summit is “Advances in Nanotechnology for Food and Medical Products: Innovations, Safety, and Standards.”
Webinar on the Proposed Changes to the Definition of “Healthy”
October 21, 2022; 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
The FDA will host a stakeholder webinar to provide an overview of the recently released proposed rule to update the definition of the nutrient content claim “healthy.” The “healthy” claim can act as a quick signal on food package labels to help empower consumers with information to identify foods that will help them build healthy eating patterns. This action is just one part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to reduce diet-related chronic diseases and advance health equity.
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