The Food and Drug Administration is a very important organization. They are responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices. In addition, they ensure the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
Many people hold the FDA in high regard: products approved by the FDA are believed to be safe and reliable.
But how safe are FDA approved products?
The FDA: The Good And The Bad
The FDA has done many great things to help protect the public from harmful ingredients, but its important for people to not let their guards down. Just because a product is approved today doesn’t mean problems can’t be detected later.
There are many instances where products previously approved were recalled after discovering they were hazardous to a person’s health. A recent example of this is the recall of hand sanitizers:
The FDA has listed 255 different hand sanitizers, mostly produced and distributed in Mexico, that have been recalled. Not all recalled hand sanitizers are from Mexico, though. They come from China, South Korea, Guatemala, Poland, Turkey, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.Read the article HERE.
While it is good the products were eventually recalled, the problem is people used them for quite some time before the dangers were discovered.
Pfizer recently had their covid vaccine approved by the FDA, but they are not immune to having their products recalled.
On August August 16, 2021, The FDA published a recall notice from Pfizer over one of their products, Chantix:
“Pfizer is voluntarily recalling an additional four lots of Chantix 0.5mg/1 mg Tablets to the patient (consumer/user) level due to the presence of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, above the Pfizer established Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level. “Long-term ingestion of N-nitroso-varenicline may be associated with a theoretical potential increased cancer risk in humans, but there is no immediate risk to patients taking this medication.”Read the official statement on the FDA website HERE.
The Moderna vaccine has been approved by the FDA and used around the world to treat the coronavirus:
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines will be eligible for booster shots in the near future — and they’ll be able choose any coronavirus vaccine for their extra dose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.Read the article HERE.
Even though the Moderna vaccine is FDA approved, the vaccine has been banned in other countries:
“The Swedish Public Health Agency has decided to suspend the use of Moderna’s vaccine Spikevax, for everyone born in 1991 and later, for precautionary reasons,” the Agency declared on Wednesday. “The cause is signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or heart sac.”
Denmark as well as Finland issued a similar ban for people aged 12-17 in the same week.Read the article HERE.
Remember: A product may be FDA approved but that does not mean it is free of any potential health risks.
Recently Recalled Products
Here are a few FDA approved products that have been recently recalled:
Needle Free Devices.
October 8, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public and health care professionals not to use needle-free devices such as hyaluron pens for injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) or other lip and facial fillers, collectively and commonly referred to as dermal fillers or fillers.Read the article HERE.
Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal.
October 08, 2021 — Maple Island Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of three lots of its Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal that it manufactures for Walmart. This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which found that a sample from three production lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.Read the article HERE.
Lotrimin® AF and Tinactin® Spray Products.
WHIPPANY, N.J., October 1, 2021 — Bayer is voluntarily recalling all unexpired Lotrimin® AF and Tinactin® spray products with lot numbers beginning with TN, CV or NAA, due to the presence of benzene in some samples of the products. Benzene is not an ingredient in any of Bayer Consumer Health products.Read the article HERE.
Cefazolin Injection Products.
September 21, 2021 — Minneapolis, Minnesota, IntegraDose Compounding Services is voluntarily recalling nine lots of cefazolin 2 gram in 20 mL syringe for injection and two lots of cefazolin 3 gram for injection due to a lack of sterility assurance resulting from compounding in a newly installed biologic safety cabinet without completing dynamic smoke study testing.Read the story HERE.
All these products were approved, but as time went on, problems were discovered prompting them to be pulled from the shelves.
FDA Approved But Banned in Other Countries
There are many instances of products being approved by the FDA in the United States but banned in other countries as well:
The following products are FDA approved but banned in other countries:
- BHA and BHT. Banned in the U.K. and Japan. Preservative used in breakfast cereals and chewing gum.
- Azodicarbonamide. Banned in Australia and the U.K. Found in frozen dinners, bread products and baked goods
- Potassium Bromate. Banned in China and the EU. Used in rolls, bread crumbs and flat bread.
- Artificial Food Coloring. France, Austria, Finland, Norway, the U.K. Used in many everyday foods.
- Bromine / Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO. Banned in India, Japan, European countries. Some sports drinks and citrus flavored sodas.
Remember: just because something is approved doesn’t mean its 100% safe. Do your research and proceed with caution.
Keys to Good Health
It’s critical we remain vigilant and do everything we can to maintain good health, which starts with a strong immune system. Here are the top 3 ways to keep the body healthy and strong:
#1. Eat Healthy Foods.
Healthy foods include fruits, veggies and lean meats. Avoiding processed, fried and fast foods are key as well. In addition, drinking plenty water and limiting sodium and trans-fat intake could decrease the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
#2. Get Exercise Daily (That Includes Walking).
The human body was not made to sit all day, it was made to move. The “sedentary lifestyle” increases the risk of several health related issues, including obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Read more about the sedentary lifestyle HERE.
#3. Going Outside and Getting Some Sun.
It is estimated that over 1 billion people have a vitamin D deficiency. In addition, Mounting evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. A vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to severity of covid symptoms.
Getting 15 minutes of direct sunlight is an excellent way to to get vitamin D. Supplements are available as well.
The foundation to good health is a healthy immune system. By making your health a top priority, you increase your chances of recovering from illness and disease.
Call To Action
The FDA has a very important job. They are required to protect citizens from dangerous products and harmful ingredients. While products get the green light initially, further studies may uncover problems that weren’t discovered when originally tested. This can be a major problem for those who took the product when it was first released.
Drugs can be approved one day, then recalled the next. These things happen. The key is to not let your guard down, and not put ALL your faith and trust in medication. Everyone needs medication at some point in their lives. The goal is to not become fully reliant on it to function.
Be proactive and make an attempt to decrease your reliance on various drugs for good health. Mistakes can happen, and those mistakes could be hazardous to your health.
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