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Feb 19, 2014

Food Safety Advocates Share Their Views on Farm Bill

As Congress and the President completed the farm bill in February, victims of foodborne illness and their families wrote letters to the editor applauding federal leaders for leaving out proposals that threatened to undo parts of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Jan 29, 2014

To Take on Superbugs, Prime the Antibiotics Pipeline

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama recognized the need to “stay ahead of drug-resistant bacteria” and that developing therapies to fight these threats is an opportunity for American innovation and discovery. The threat of drug-resistant bacteria is real, and the need for antibiotic development clear.

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Jan 27, 2014

To Stifle Superbugs, Veterinarians are Vital

To prepare for the big game this Sunday, some of America’s top athletes will run drills and watch film to anticipate the other team’s strategy—but even the best players cannot predict what might be their fiercest opposition.

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Nov 19, 2013

The Hill: Coming Soon: IDs to Track Medical Devices

Congressional hearings on health care can be contentious, but the story will be different today (November 19), when the bipartisan House Medical Technology Caucus convenes a forum with representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration , manufacturers, and hospitals to discuss how new tracking codes for medical devices can enhance recalls and assessments of heart stents, glucose monitors, and other products patients need.

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Nov 18, 2013

Getting Smart is a Group Effort: Addressing the Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

More and more, we hear about drug-resistant bacteria—superbugs that few, if any, available therapies can kill. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, released a report warning that infections from these pathogens result in at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States.

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Antibiotic Innovation
Nov 8, 2013

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: U.S. Senate Must Act on Pharmacy Safeguards

It's been more than a year since a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak traced to a filthy New England compounding pharmacy put a shocking spotlight on the risks of medications mass-produced by underregulated firms.

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Nov 7, 2013

The River Reporter: A Voice in Favor of the Food Safety Modernization Act

In 2006, I almost died after eating spinach contaminated with E. coli. I spent nearly a month in and out of multiple emergency rooms and urgent care facilities. When I was able to return home, I had lost nearly 20 percent of my total body weight, and my recovery lasted five additional months of continuous treatment.

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Food Safety
Oct 23, 2013

Los Angeles Times: Antibiotics for People, not Animals

So far this year, more than 300 people have gotten sick from bacteria called Salmonella heidelberg. Almost three-quarters of them live in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that chicken produced in three Central California processing facilities is the "likely source of this outbreak" and that the bacteria are "resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Oct 21, 2013

Washington Post: ‘Nightmare’ Bacteria are Real, and the U.S. Needs to Act Fast

Last spring, Arjun Srinivasan, an associate director of the CDC, delivered a presentation to state health officials with some alarming information. Before the year 2000, he said, it was rare to find cases of bacteria resistant to carbapenems, a class of powerful, last-resort antibiotics. But by February 2013 they had been seen in almost every state. On March 5, Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, issued a public warning about “nightmare” bacteria, a family of germs known as CREs. They can kill up to half the patients who get bloodstream infections from them, resist most or all antibiotics and spread resistance to other strains.

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Antibiotic Innovation
Oct 14, 2013

New York Times Editorial: Rolling the Dice on Foodborne Illnesses

The government shutdown has caused staff reductions at two important federal health agencies, increasing the risk of serious harm to American consumers from food-borne illnesses. The two agencies — the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have decided to focus their remaining resources on imminent threats. But they have shut down very important work that allows them to spot potentially serious problems in advance and take steps to head them off. The longer Congressional Republicans allow the shutdown to continue, the greater the danger of harm.

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Food Safety