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As the sun rises in the East and bears visit the woods, we can state with absolute certainty that we will be blitzed with a plethora of “best of”, ”worst of” and “pick of” lists, and of course ‘what’s hot what’s not for 2010” predictions, in the next couple of weeks. And this year it w...
With the proliferation of applications across the enterprise - LAN, WAN, and data center – the need to optimize applications across wide area networks is greater than ever, and performance becomes the new vanguard in network and service management. As the borderless enterprise takes ho...
Based on our experience with life sciences firms, this industry has unique needs that are not effectively addressed by all enterprise software vendors.  FDA compliance, product configuration, and lot traceability are just a few of the challenges that make the life sciences industry uni...
Every industry is unique and has certain nuances that set different ERP software solutions apart from one another. Our experience in the food distribution industry reveals that this is true for this vertical as well.  Distribution software for a food producer or wholesaler has differen...
ERP Solution Enables Quicker and Easier Traceability to Help Manufacturers Improve Product Safety and Compliance
If you don't want to smell, the FDA has a recommendation: use an over-the-counter cold remedy that contains an intranasal zinc solution. You won't smell. Possibly ever again: Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...
Will wonders never cease? A recent story about how "homeopathic" Zicam managed to slide through a loophole in which the FDA doesn't require evidence of efficacy or safety for medicines labeled as homeopathic has been percolating through the blogosphere based on a recent warning that th...
To wear the mantle of Galileo, it is not enough to be persecuted: you must also be right. ---Robert Park As a physician, it's hard for me to support the absurd media fashion of presenting two, equal sides to every issue. In politics, perhaps, many debates...
What do pistachios, cough and cold medicine, cheese, dietary supplements, cookies, fruit and nut blend, and alfalfa sprouts all have in common?  They all appeared on the US FDA’s recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts list during April 2009.  Many companies that believed ...
PZ brings to my attention this article in Newsweek which sums up Oprah's views on health, and one sadly must come to the conclusion that Oprah is a crank. Based on our definition of crankery, one of the critical aspects is the incompetence of an individual in judging sources of inform...
We've had occasion to write about the endocrine noise-maker bisphenol-A (BPA) quote a few times (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here for starters). The word about BPA has gotten to consumers and they have fled BPA-containing products like they are swine flu carriers. Mea...
The US Food and Drug Administration is usually the first federal authority to take action on adverse event reports for any health product. But few appreciate that the FDA is also responsible for regulation of cosmetic products: pretty much anything applied to the skin. So, it was no ...
You don't have to be a parent to care about the welfare of children---but it does bring things into a sharp, personal light. I recently wrote about Daniel Hauser, a child likely to die of Hodgkin's disease due to his parents' cult medicine beliefs. Cases like his are aberrations---th...
Just in case you missed them, there were other papers published in seven PLoS Journals this week besides Ida ;-) Here are my own picks for the week - you go and look for your own favourites. As always, and for the first time this applies to all seven journals, you should rate the arti...
This was in the comments from my blog post on Pfizer's semi-open innovation. I don't normally highlight comments like this, but sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due. Why deal with Pfizer in the first place? Anything you might find they'll keep and you're SOL. We hav...
FDA and the New York Times are reporting today 23 cases of adverse reactions to various Hydroxycut weight loss supplements. (FDA Consumer PDF here). Above and beyond whether the stuff actually helps with weight loss, it is clear that the products contain some compound(s) that cause id...
Our next presentation was by Stefan Meier, Associate Director, Software Development, Information Sciences Department at XDx. Xdx is a biotech company that relies on software and technology for their Molecular Diagnostic Technology. They assess patients who have had a heart...
Overdue.
FDA Fail. Tainted Syringes and Teenage Dropout Microbiologist tied to Deaths
The FDA is still the FEMA of food.
Overdue. 8 years.
Andrew McAfee, the Enterprise 2.0 guy, is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk. He begins by defining the term as "the use of emergent social software platforms by organizations in pursuit of their goals." This technology tends to be emergent, bottom up, etc. [NOTE: I'm live blogging, makin...
Calls for national infant formula recall spread | KOMO News - Seattle, Washington | National & World News — I love the way things have changed in this country. Blame the messenger. Since this contamination was an accident due to crappy manufacturing as opposed to t...
This is a story that's bound to explode onto mainstream media today. RocketBoom founder Andrew Baron's father, Frederick Baron, is dying of multiple myeloma, a particularly nasty form of cancer. last week doctors gave him days to live - as of this morning he's still fighting. Accordi...
All that testing slid through the FDA like grease through a goose.
FDA warns consumers about Chinese coffee products
Gwendolyn DeBard Strong was born on October 4, 2007 and was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 (SMA1) in April 2008. SMA1 is a terminal genetic disease that results in loss of nerves in the spinal cord and weakness of the muscles connected with those nerves. Her parents a...
The FDA is the FEMA of medicine - as well as food.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may have entered the U.S. food supply, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, but it would be impossible to know because there is no difference between cloned and conventional products. The U.S. Food and Drug Admin...
Say it again, folks - the FDA is the FEMA of food.
Full story from Reuters.An FDA statistical review of a new vaccine reported a statistically significant increase in convulsions, bronchitis, and pneumonia-related deaths in children to whom the vaccine was administered, in double-blind placebo-controlled trials.The live-attenuated vira...
Full stories from AP, Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, and CBS.It is said that one can tell a lot from a name, and Botox is certainly no exception.First approved by the FDA in December 1989 for treatment of eye muscle disorders, Botox, or Botulinum Toxin Type A, is a neurotoxic protein produced by...
Full stories from Reuters and WebMD. The FDA recently announced it will review a major study of the dual-action, cholesterol-lowering drug, Vytorin, after some surprising results revealed that it was not more effective at reducing the plaques which are associated with atherosclerosis t...