Consumer Information

  • 'Gluten-Free' Means What It Says
    on May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The only way to manage celiac disease is to avoid eating foods containing gluten. Learn how FDA's definition of 'gluten free' on food labels makes that possible. […]

  • Medication Safety: Advice for New Parents
    on May 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Mother's Day and Father's Day are exciting for new parents. But moms and dads of babies 12 months and younger can also have some worries. Medical officers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer health suggestions. […]

  • What to Know When Buying or Using a Breast Pump
    on May 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Breast pumps are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They can be used to extract milk, maintain or increase a woman's milk supply, and relieve engorged breasts (among other indications). But, to protect mothers and their babies, there are important safety considerations to know before using one. […]

  • How Many Calories? Keep an Eye on the Menu
    on May 7, 2018 at 11:00 am

    FDA's final rule on menu labeling gives consumers the information on calories they need to make informed food choices. […]

  • Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children
    on May 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Accidentally touching or drinking e-liquids can be dangerous and even deadly for young children. So it’s important to handle and store these products carefully, to teach children to stay away from these products, and to be prepared for emergencies. Consider these tips. […]

  • 5 Things to Know About Breast Implants
    on April 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates breast implants as medical devices. Learn about the risks of these products, and consider this advice. […]

  • Seasonal Allergies: Which Medication is Right for You?
    on March 29, 2018 at 11:30 am

    The FDA regulates many products that treat allergies or offer allergy relief. But which will work for you depends on your particular symptoms. […]

  • Is It a Cold or the Flu? Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments
    on March 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    How to tell if you have a cold or the flu, and when to seek medical care. […]

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Actions and Research
    on February 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone. And these types of injuries, which include concussions, contribute to a substantial number of emergency room visits (and even deaths) each year. Learn more about TBI, and the FDA's related research and regulatory activities. […]

  • How to Buy Medicines Safely From an Online Pharmacy
    on January 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? The FDA's BeSafeRx web page can help you identify and avoid rogue online pharmacies. The FDA has tips for buying medicines online safely. […]

  • Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet
    on January 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health. […]

  • It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Think it's too late to get a flu shot? Not so. Find out why. […]

  • Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects
    on January 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). […]

  • Dose Matters: FDA's Guidance on Children's X-rays
    on January 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    FDA is committed to protecting the health of children by helping lower their exposure to radiation from X-ray exams. […]

  • 4 Tips to Quit Smoking
    on January 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Will 2018 be the year you decide you want to quit smoking? Nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to quit. Check out this story for tips, including info about FDA-approved products and resources that can help. […]

  • What Is Gene Therapy? How Does It Work?
    on December 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Gene therapy is the process of replacing defective genes with healthy ones, adding new genes to help the body fight or treat disease, or deactivating problem genes. It holds the promise to transform medicine and create options for patients who are living with difficult, and even incurable, diseases. Learn how this innovative therapy works. […]

  • Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards
    on December 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe. […]

  • Want to Quit Smoking? FDA-Approved Products Can Help
    on December 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    If you want to quit smoking, you may want to use a smoking cessation product proven to help. Data has shown that using cessation medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can double your chance of quitting success. Here’s what to know about these over-the-counter and prescription products. […]

  • Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick
    on November 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Eating raw dough or batter could make you sick. Whether you're baking at home, making flour-based 'play' clay, or eating at a restaurant that offers the kids raw dough to play with until the food comes, do not eat it. And make sure your kids don't, either. […]

  • Laser Toys: How to Keep Kids Safe
    on November 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from laser pointers and laser toys can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers how to stay safe. […]