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How You Can Make a Difference During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenges in our everyday lives. Here are some ways we can all do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease.
For Consumers: Seven Things Pregnant Women and Parents Need to Know About Arsenic in Rice and Rice Cereal
You may be surprised to learn that there is arsenic found in rice. FDA is taking steps to protect consumers and reduce the amount in infant rice cereal.
Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
From blood to vaccines, FDA protects and advances the public health by ensuring that biological products are safe, effective, and available to those who need them. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more.
Getting Smarter about Food Safety: The Pandemic and Lessons Learned
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have learned valuable lessons that will help shape our work to create a more digital, transparent and safer food system for you and your family.
Facts About In-Home HIV Testing
HIV can be controlled. The first step is getting tested. An FDA-approved home test is one option.
Food
Timely articles and multimedia content about food and food-safety.
Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets
During the coronavirus pandemic, you've learned a lot about keeping your family safe. If your family includes pets, you want to keep them safe, too. FDA offers some helpful questions and answers about keeping your pets safe during the pandemic.
HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to reduce health disparities among people of different ethnic and racial groups. The agency's Office of Minority Health is now focusing efforts on educating people about HIV and hepatitis. Here's what to know about testing, treatment, and the FDA role.
Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are a hazard year-round. Here are tips for preventing and treating the itchy rash and blisters.
Seasonal Allergies: Which Medication is Right for You?
The FDA regulates many products that treat allergies or offer allergy relief. But which will work for you depends on your particular symptoms.
Lupus Therapies Continue to Evolve
May is National Lupus Awareness Month, a good time to think about lupus and the challenges it presents to patients. Learn about this chronic, autoimmune disease and the promise of future therapies.
Do Not Use Infant Sleep Positioners Due to the Risk of Suffocation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding parents and caregivers not to put babies in sleep positioners. These products, sometimes also called "nests" or "anti-roll" products, can cause suffocation (a struggle to breathe) that can lead to death. Learn how to put a baby safely to sleep and which other products to avoid.
Drugs
Consumer articles about over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Kefauver-Harris Amendments Revolutionized Drug Development
FDA marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Kefauver-Harris Amendments, which established scientific safeguards to protect consumers from unsafe and ineffective medications like thalidomide.
Coronavirus Testing Basics
Easy-to-understand information about the different types of coronavirus tests and FDA's role in authorizing them
Your Animal Is Sick. Was It Something They Ate? Vet-LIRN May Be Able to Help
The FDA investigates foodborne illnesses for human foods and animal foods. FDA’s Vet-LIRN program can help your vet determine if the illness is a result of something your animal ate.
What to Know and Do About Possible Nitrosamines in Your Medication
Concerned that your medications might contain a substance that could potentially cause cancer? Keep taking your medications, and talk to your doctor. FDA is working with manufacturers to investigate the source of nitrosamines in drugs and whether they pose risks to human health. Have questions?
Is It Really 'FDA Approved?'
How can you know for sure what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates? FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human drugs and biologics, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
Medical Devices
Consumer articles about medical devices.
Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 480,000 deaths annually. Almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, but quitting can be hard and often takes multiple attempts. Learn the facts.