As far as jobs enshrined at the top of America's impenetrable bureaucracy go, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration is pretty important. The chief of the FDA is responsible for setting the course of an organisation that oversees the safety and efficacy of a huge array of products that Americans use everyday, from makeup and mobile phones to food and drugs. In total, each year it oversees more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in consumer goods.
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Homeopathy is widely (and rightly) regarded as quackery. But an ongoing FDA investigation into homeopathic teething tablets and gels for infants is attempting determine if these products led to seizures and deaths, Buzzfeed reports.
EpiPen, the life-saving allergy product, is now a $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) a year business for Mylan, a drug company that's currently enduring a wave of bad publicity over the extraordinary surge in US EpiPen pricing. In 2007, an EpiPen in the US cost about $US57 ($75). Today that price has skyrocketed to over $US600 ($787) — all for about $1 worth of injectable medicine.
A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer's right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there's no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it's actually quite dangerous.
In the right hands, broken electronics can be turned into something useful again. But useful isn't the best way to describe Drake Anthony's 200-watt laser bazooka made from a bunch of old DLP projectors that he bought off eBay. Words like incredibly "dangerous", "do-not-try-this-at-home" or "are you crazy?" seem more appropriate.
Though it bears some resemblance to a Tim and Eric sketch, the AspireAssist is a very real medical device, approved by the US FDA for installation in people 22 or older "with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy". It allows patients to drain predigested food from their stomachs into a nearby toilet.