U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Consumer Magazine

Volume 37, Number 2  |   March-April 2003


A message from the editor of FDA Consumer.

The latest information on FDA-related issues, gathered from FDA Press Releases, Talk Papers, and other sources.

Research Notebook
Reports from public health and medical research.

Places of interest on FDA's Website and other government and health-related sites.

Investigators' Reports
Selected cases illustrating regulatory and administrative actions--such as inspections, recalls, seizures, and court proceedings--by FDA's regional and district offices across the country.

The Last Word
Commentary: Asthma Management in Schools


The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising
Preliminary FDA surveys indicate that direct-to-consumer ads can be beneficial to both doctors and their patients.

The Estrogen and Progestin Dilemma: New Advice, Labeling Guidelines
The FDA takes action to help clear up the confusion about estrogen-containing products for postmenopausal women.

Cover Story
Mission: Promoting, Protecting the Public Health
FDA Commissioner Mark B. McClellan

The new Commissioner of Food and Drugs shares his vision of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

User Fees and Medical Device Reviews
New legislation will reduce time to market for medical devices without compromising safety and effectiveness.

Breathing Better:
Action Plans Keep Asthma in Check

What it takes to keep asthma under control.

An Update on Smallpox
Questions and answers about the smallpox disease and vaccine.

FDA Science: Protecting America's Health
Science-based decisions are made daily at the FDA on a wide range of health products. Discover how agency scientists apply new technologies and methods to protect public health.

Prescription Drug Abuse:
FDA and SAMHSA Join Forces

The FDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration launch a new public education program.

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