Consumer Information

  • Cochlear Implants: A Different Kind of 'Hearing'
    on November 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work? […]

  • FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies
    on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don't believe the hype. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. Here's what to know before you consider stem cell treatment. […]

  • The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement
    on November 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Injectable dermal fillers are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But no injectable filler is FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or body enhancement. Learn why injectable silicone and other unapproved products (also called 'but' fillers, breast fillers, or products to fill spaces between muscles) are dangerous and should be avoided. […]

  • Filling in Wrinkles Safely
    on November 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In the quest for youthful looks, both men and women are seeking treatments to minimize laugh lines and other wrinkles. Learn about a popular treatment that involves injecting dermal fillers into the face, its benefits and risks. […]

  • Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need
    on November 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    The FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. […]

  • Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?
    on October 30, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Black licorice is an old fashioned treat that can be harmful if you eat too much. If you're 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). […]

  • Breast Cancer Screening: Thermogram No Substitute for Mammogram
    on October 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Thermography should not be used in place of mammography, which is still the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer. […]

  • Mammography: What You Need to Know
    on October 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Mammograms are still the best tool for breast cancer screening. As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, learn how FDA certifies facilities that perform mammography, and clears and approves mammography devices, to help keep you safe. […]

  • Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
    on October 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Here's how to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines. […]

  • Biosimilars: More Treatment Choices and Innovation
    on October 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The medical marketplace keeps growing as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to approve more biosimilar products. Biosimilars can provide more treatment options to patients, potentially lowering costs and increasing access to lifesaving medications. […]

  • Halloween Safety: Costumes, Candy, and Colored Contact Lenses
    on October 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy a happy and safe Halloween by following these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

  • Breast Cancer in Men: Treatments and Genetic Counseling
    on October 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Breast cancer in men tends to be diagnosed at an older age and a later stage, but is treated very similarly to breast cancer in women. […]

  • Buying Pet Medicines Online: Ensuring Products are Safe
    on October 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

    If you're purchasing medications for your pet online to save money or for convenience, there are Internet sites that represent legitimate pharmacies. But the FDA has found that there are others that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs. Any of these practices could mean that the products you are buying could be unsafe or ineffective for your pet. […]

  • Do Not Use Infant Sleep Positioners Due to the Risk of Suffocation
    on October 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

    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. […]

  • The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease
    on September 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is collaborating with patients, academics, and the pharmaceutical industry to encourage the development of new treatments for sickle cell disease (SCD). […]

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Research and Actions
    on September 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    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. […]

  • Hurricane Season: Be Prepared
    on September 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It's important to safeguard your food, water, and medicine before, during and after any severe weather event. […]

  • Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatment
    on September 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    September is Prostate Health Awaremeness month. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among American men. Learn more. […]

  • Treating and Preventing Head Lice
    on August 31, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Head lice. Learn how to check for them, how to treat them, and how to avoid having them in your home. […]

  • Ticks and Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
    on August 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Lyme disease is on the rise. How can you prevent it? What are the symptoms, and what should you do if you think you or your pet have it? […]