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HHS Removes Extra Hurdle for Marijuana Research

The process for studying the potential medical benefits of marijuana became more streamlined on Tuesday, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services eliminated a controversial requirement for Public Health Service review of non-federally funded research protocols involving marijuana. Historically, in addition to the standard FDA and Drug Enforcement Administration approvals needed for research … Continue Reading

FDA Announces Final Rule Banning BPA from Infant Formula Packaging

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced last week the publication of a final rule banning bisphenol-A (“BPA”) from use in infant formula packaging – a decision made based on proof of industry abandonment rather than safety concerns. In July 2012, then-U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey filed a food additive petition seeking to amend the … Continue Reading

IWG’s Aquaculture Research Strategic Plan Would Give Priority to Developing Novel Aquaculture Feeds

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service have released their strategic plan for national aquaculture research and development (Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan has potentially significant implications for aquaculture companies, feed suppliers, and other stakeholders interested in seafood and related nutrition policy matters. The Strategic Plan was … Continue Reading

Bioethics Commission Study Released

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has released its report “Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research.” The report was requested by President Obama to determine if current regulations adequately protect human subjects in federally funded research. The Commission determined that current regulations “generally appear” to protect participants from harm or … Continue Reading

FDA makes “Quantitative Summary of the Benefits and Risks of Prescription Drugs: A Literature Review” available for comment

On December 13, 2011, FDA announced the availability of a draft report entitled “Quantitative Summary of the Benefits and Risks of Prescription Drugs: A Literature Review” for public comment. The literature review was conducted pursuant to section 3507(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) which required the Secretary of Health … Continue Reading