Washington, DC - "As a physician, I understand how important it is for health care providers to have access to compounded drugs when the needs of their patients cannot be met by FDA-approved drugs. Our commitment to implementing and enforcing the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) provides a pivotal foundation for achieving these goals. FDA oversight of compounding continues to remain essential, because compounded drugs, while important to patients who need them, pose ongoing and serious risks if they are not manufactured properly.

San Diego, California - Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams will visit the San Diego State University campus tomorrow to discuss the health and well-being of the American public.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the first duodenoscope with a disposable distal cap, a new feature that will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing. The Pentax ED34-i10T model duodenoscope is intended to provide visualization and access to the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract to treat bile duct disorders and other upper GI problems.

El Centro, California - The County Public Health Department is investigating a suspected case of Hepatitis A case reported recently in Imperial County.

Washington, DC - Cardiovascular disease caused one out of three deaths (link is external) in the United States in 2016, and for decades it has been the leading killer for both men and women. Hoping to reduce these numbers, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new Standard Reference Material (SRM) that can improve the results of a common blood test used to assess a person’s risk of heart disease.

Washington, DC - FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.:  "As the science governing allergies and diets continues to evolve, so do expert recommendations around how best to safely introduce babies and children to various foods. Perhaps one of the most challenging decisions for parents of my generation is when and how to introduce foods that pose a potential for a significant allergic reaction. These decisions are made more difficult as the prevalence of certain food allergies appear to be on the rise.