The FDA announced today that it will be lifting a 32-year ban on blood donations from gay men. The ban was originally put in place to screen out donors who were likely to be HIV-positive – and CDC data shows that about 20 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) have… More »
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the “female Viagra,” Flibanserin – under certain conditions.
Flibanserin was rejected by the FDA twice in the past over concerns about its side effects and its effectiveness. The drug doesn’t actually function like Viagra, which relaxes muscles and increases blood flow; rather, Flibanserin treats hypoactive sexual… More »
Five organizations are helping schools to help their trans* students, Britain has a huge pension gender gap, a 1960s board game for girls featured shame tokens, and the FDA has approved the first 3D-printed drug. More »
I can still remember some of the quieter moments of my pregnancy: laying on the couch, my fingers trailing over my ever-expanding belly, wondering about the baby inside and if everything would be okay. During our first ultrasound appointment around 20 weeks, the tech had been concerned about the size of the baby’s kidneys and… More »
In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it is more effective… More »
This is why we can’t have nice things, America.
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the age to purchase the morning-after pill would be lowered to 15 and it would be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. The decision was prompted by a federal judge having struck down the “age-17 and over… More »
Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats!
That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the morning-after… More »
Conservatives losing their marbles to start in five … four … three … two … one: the FDA has until tomorrow to decide whether the morning-after pill Plan B will be available on drugstore shelves (as opposed to behind the counter) without a prescription for anyone of any age. If taken within 72 hours of… More »
Good luck getting your hair straightened via Brazilian Blowout after next week — the Food and Drug Administration has come down hardcore on the hair straightening company for the high amount of formaldehyde found in its product. According to the FDA, the amount of formaldehyde found in Brazilian Blowout and similar hair straightening treatments is… More »
Time to stock up on the Horny Goat Weed instead, you guys! (Just kidding.) The FDA issued a warning on Wednesday for Man Up Now, a “dietary supplement for men’s sexual arousal” because it could dangerously lower blood pressure. Although Man Up Now capsules market themselves as “all natural” and “herbal,” they contain an active… More »
It’s like Prohibition for sloppy drunk college kids! Hot on the heels of Phusion Projects voluntarily offering to remove caffeine from its “blackout in a can” drink Four Loko yesterday morning, the FDA has also warned four alcoholic energy drink makers that they all must either stop adding caffeine or kill the products. Phusion Projects,… More »
Stock up on your Four Loko now, kiddies! (Just kidding.) Following a string of deaths and near-deaths around the country related to alcoholic energy drinks, the FDA might crack down on manufacturers as soon as tomorrow. The FDA has been reviewing the safety of these “blackout in a can” drinks for a year. But it’s… More »
When you pick up a fancy “organic” powder, do you actually know what that means? We don’t. But we somehow have the impression that it’s a more wholesome and healthy product produced in a verdant field, far, far away from any industrial factories. Time to get educated. A recent report released by the FDA sets… More »
The Food and Drug Administration is demanding Cheerios change its advertising that says the cereal will reduce cholesterol by 4 percent or risk being removed from market shelves. [Dumb As A Blog] — Way to get in bed with the drug industry, FDA!
Tahlia Brookins, 18, from the most recent cycle of “America’s… More »
Hold that diet pill! The Food & Drug Administration recently recalled a whole slew of diet products made by Universal ABC Beauty Supply International due to safety concerns.
The company didn’t officially declare the products contain an ingredient called Sibutramine. While Sibutramine is FDA-approved for weight loss, the FDA says products containing it… More »
You won’t be seeing Yaz birth control ads on TV anymore — or at least not the ones that the pharmaceutical company Bayer has been using. On October 3, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company, telling Bayer its ads overstate the benefits of Yaz. While the drug is approved for symptoms related… More »
While Viagra is an invention that has helped grandpas around the country get it back up for their spouses, nurses, and right hands, it now may be able to help women too! A recent eight-week experiment, funded by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, followed 98 women who were having trouble orgasming due to antidepressant medication. They were… More »
So far in the states, Gardasil has been the only FDA approved vaccine for the double-whammy strain of HPV that causes cervical cancer. However, in Europe Cervarix has been kicking HPV’s butt and protecting women across the continent. While the drug has been in the FDA review process for foreva-eva, it looks like new data… More »
We are finally safe from waxidents! The FDA has approved a hair remover wand for home use. The Silkâ€™n, created by Home Skinovations, uses photo-thermal technology (aka light) to zap the hair you donâ€™t want down there. After only six treatments, it reduces your hair count by 50%. You still have to go through a… More »
The FDA is rushing to rubber stamp Gardasil, a cervical cancer vaccine, for women ages 27-45. Initially, the miracle HPV-preventer has been well received by its intended market — women and girls ages 9-26. Due to Gardasil’s success, amounting in $1.5 billion in sales last year, its makers, Merck & Co, are looking to expand… More »