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Ebola Response Missing A Key Player

The Obama Administration has mobilized a number of government agencies to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and to prevent its spread into the U.S. At the frontline of the Administration’s response is the Pentagon, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Agency for International development … Continue Reading

White House Mobilizes Forces Against Superbug

President Obama yesterday signed an Executive Order [1] (EO) directing Federal Government departments and agencies to take action at home and with international partners to combat this national security threat.  The White House also issued its five-year National Strategy for Combatting Antibiotic Resistance [2] and the President’s Council on of Advisor’s on Science and Technology (PCAST) … Continue Reading

FDA Grapples with Nanotechnology

On June 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released three final guidance documents addressing the agency’s general approach to nanotechnology and its use by the food and cosmetics industries, as well as a draft guidance on the use of nanomaterials in food for animals. These guidance documents reflect FDA’s understanding of nanomaterials as … Continue Reading

Confronting Apocalyptic Risks of Broken Antibiotics Pipeline

Alarmed by the real health, economic and security risks associated with “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotics — the lynchpins of modern medicine — President Obama has included antimicrobial resistance as a focus of his 26-nation partnership Global Health Security Agenda.  He has just announced a September 2014 White House international conference that will highlight … Continue Reading
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