From steroid-tainted vitamins to the latest Plan B controversy and more, The Doctors share important health news to keep you safe and informed. Plus, see how 3D printing helped save a young child’s life! And, learn secrets for cutting costs on your prescriptions.
Breaking Medical News
The Doctors share vital information about an alarming resurgence of swine flu and a new antibiotic-resistant superbug.
3D Printing: The Future of Medicine
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process that uses high-resolution imaging and cutting-edge computers to create solid, three-dimensional objects from a digital model. The technology is used in a variety of fields, including architecture, aerospace, engineering and industrial design — and now, 3D printing is expanding the limits of modern medicine.
America’s Most Controversial Pill?
The Doctors weigh in on the judicial ruling that permits the sale of Plan B emergency contraception — without a prescription and without age restrictions. Learn how the pill works, and the potential dangers of using it too often.
Are Your Vitamins Safe?
The FDA has issued a warning to consumers about the potential dangers of certain dietary supplements, after a recent batch of B-vitamins were found to be contaminated with anabolic steroids. Although the tainted products have been pulled from shelves, the FDA still faces the challenge of preventing a similar scare from happening again.
Over the past five years, the FDA reports that nearly 70 percent of the nation’s supplement companies have violated safety regulations, for reasons ranging from pesticides in herbal products to improper measurements and unsanitary manufacturing equipment. The vitamin and supplement industry is not subjected to the same safety protocols as pharmaceutical companies, due to a 1994 congressional act that classifies the products as food.
"We work under the authorities Congress gives us, and we don’t approve [supplements] prior to going to market,” explains Dr. Daniel Fabricant, director of the FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs. “We’re always in a state of checking things after they go to market, and we kind of have to prove a negative, which is a significant burden. I think [manufacturers] need to know what they’re putting into commerce, into the hands of consumers, and making sure it’s not a product that could potentially be harmful.”
“If people feel like they’ve experienced an adverse event related to a dietary supplement product, they need to share that with their physician, but also share that information with the FDA, so we can take appropriate action,” Dr. Fabricant adds.