HealthLaw

How exactly does a medicine get approved? (Part 3 of 5)

Episode 3: The Plot Thickens In Part 1, we covered the basic framework. In Part 2, we reviewed drug regulation. What about that shiny new defibrillator that grampa just got?   Devices Devices are a quite different story from drugs. While an adhesive bandage is used to treat a medical …

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HealthLaw

How exactly does a medicine get approved? (Part 2 of 5)

Episode 2: The Saga Continues Last time we reviewed the overall framework of FDA regulation. Today we’ll dive into the details of how products are categorized.   Drugs, Devices, and Biologics Pop quiz: are medical maggots a drug, a device, or a biologic product in the US? (Maggots are exceptionally …

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HealthLaw

How exactly does a medicine get approved? (Part 1 of 5)

Prologue I really wanted to write a post about pediatric medicines and the unique challenges that are faced in developing them. As a parent, I want the best science-based medical treatment for my children, and as such it’s important to understand what barriers exist to developing new ones. It’s also …

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Healthcare Alphabet Soup

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding who is responsible for a given task within the US health system. I’ve heard people complain that “the AMA is keeping us from getting a new product” (they don’t have that power), or “the FDA is keeping healthcare prices high” (they …

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Finding the Causes of Disease

I admit it, I’m a bit of a stats geek. I have a graduate minor in statistics, and I enjoy reading well-done analyses of complex datasets. Last week, Significance Magazine published a well written teardown of a study that claimed to link GMOs to various diseases. Spoiler alert: the original paper is …

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Grounded Parents’ Gift Ideas (updated 12/9)

No, this isn’t a list of things you can send us; I’ll leave that for another person to post! It’s the holiday season, and many of our readers will be on the hunt for gift ideas. We’re going to pull together a bunch of suggestions for budding scientists, skeptics, alternative lifestyles, and …

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Thaw, reheat, freeze, repeat?

The Western holiday season is upon us, and it’s time for excessive amounts of cooking and leftovers. Some of you may recall being told not to repeatedly reheat those leftovers, but did you know why? Is there any actual science behind this idea, or is it more aged spouse stories? …

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Full Circle

It’s funny how things come full circle. I was raised as what I might call a “devout agnostic.” Religion really wasn’t an issue in my house. My parents didn’t go to church, we didn’t discuss religion… it just wasn’t a thing in our home. So I grew up with a …

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