FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

>How to Buy Medicines Safely From an Online Pharmacy

How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? The FDA's BeSafeRx web page can help you identify and avoid rogue online pharmacies. The FDA has tips for buying

>The Facts on Tampons—and How to Use Them Safely

Tampons are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And if you or a loved one uses them, it's important to use them safely. Learn the basics and

>Grapefruit Juice and Some Drugs Don't Mix

Grapefruit juice can affect how well some medicines work, and it may cause dangerous side effects

>The 3Rs of 3D Printing: FDA's Role

Learn how the FDA reviews and researches 3D printed medical products to protect the public health

>Warning: Aspirin-Containing Antacid Medicines Can Cause Bleeding

Drugs containing an antacid and aspirin, and used to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach, can cause serious bleeding, FDA warns. Read the Drug Facts

>FDA Researchers Advance Science for Vaccines to Prevent Mumps and Whooping Cough

Reported cases of mumps and pertussis have risen in the United States in recent years even though many people are vaccinated. As part of the FDA’s commitment to protect the

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

Can you bring foreign drugs into the U.S.? Or refill a foreign prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration can help you understand the rules for flying

>Got a Question About Your Pet's Health?

Got questions about the foods, drugs and other issues involving your pet? FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) may be able to answer them. Read these seven frequently asked

>Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need

The FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health

>3D Technologies Poised to Change How Doctors Diagnose Cancers

Scientists at FDA are studying the next generation of screening and diagnostic devices, some of which borrow from the world of entertainment and videogames. In the future, those 3D

>FDA Research Helps Keep Animals and People Healthy

In addition to supporting FDA's evaluation of new medications for animals, FDA's work with animals helps protect the U.S. food supply to keep people healthy

>FDA Explores New Uses for MRI Scans

At the National Center for Toxicological Research, scientists are working, in collaboration with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, on new ways to use MRI machines to

>FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

Food and Drug Administration analysts and entomologists investigate product samples and protect consumers from spoiled and contaminated food

>Cord Blood: What You Need to Know

The Food and Drug Administration regulates cord blood, which can be stored for personal use or donated to public cord blood banks. FDA staff explain what consumers should know

>FDA Teams Up for Novel Campaign on Risks of Decorative Contact Lenses

The FDA, American Optometric Association and the Entertainment Industries Council are joining forces to launch a campaign for teens and young adults on wearing decorative contact

>Developing Orphan Products: FDA and Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2009 is World Rare Disease Day � an important time for bringing attention to the needs of people with rare diseases

>How Sweet It Is: All About Sugar Substitutes

Some people use high-intensity sweeteners as a substitute for table sugar. There will soon be a new one available to U.S. consumers. FDA has approved advantame, which is 20,000

>FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes

Nearly 1 million Latinas aren't aware they are at risk of diabetes or prediabetes. To address the nation's diabetes epidemic, FDA has created many resources to help Latinas and all

>Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Here's how to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines

>6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes

Advice to help consumers avoid medication mistakes

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