Consumer Information

  • Los productos que afirman “curar” el cáncer son un engaño cruel
    by FDA on January 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Muchos anuncios en las redes sociales y los sitios de “salud” en internet afirman que sus productos pueden curar el cáncer, pero no es así.

  • What to Know About Breast Implants
    by FDA on January 12, 2021 at 6:22 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.

  • Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets
    by FDA on January 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    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.

  • 'Gluten-Free' Means What It Says
    by FDA on January 11, 2021 at 5:37 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.

  • What Is Gene Therapy? How Does It Work?
    by FDA on January 11, 2021 at 2:20 am

    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.

  • Food
    by FDA on January 11, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Timely articles and multimedia content about food and food-safety.

  • La adición de ácido fólico a la harina de maíz puede prevenir ciertos defectos de nacimiento
    by FDA on January 8, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Cuando las mujeres consumen ácido fólico —un tipo de vitamina B - antes y durante el embarazo, éste puede ayudar a prevenir los defectos del tubo neural (DTN). Una medida tomada recientemente por la FDA ha facilitado esta acción para las mujeres hispanas.

  • Mammography: What You Need to Know
    by FDA on January 8, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Mammograms are still the best tool for breast cancer screening. Learn how the FDA certifies facilities that perform mammography, and clears and approve mammography devices to help keep you safe.

  • Breast Cancer Screening: Thermogram No Substitute for Mammogram
    by FDA on January 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

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

  • Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments
    by FDA on January 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Fraudulent products that claim to cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19 haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness and might be dangerous to you and your family.

  • Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects
    by FDA on January 4, 2021 at 2:15 pm

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

  • Animal & Veterinary
    by FDA on December 23, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Consumer articles from FDA about animal health and veterinary medicine.

  • Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards
    by FDA on December 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm

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

  • Weight Loss, Male Enhancement and Other Products Sold Online or in Stores May Be Dangerous
    by FDA on December 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Consumers cannot be confident that certain products, including weight loss and male enhancement products, sold on online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay or in stores, are safe to use.

  • Drugs
    by FDA on December 18, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Consumer articles about over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

  • Dietary Supplements
    by FDA on December 18, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as food, not as drugs. However, many dietary supplements contain ingredients that have strong biological effects which may conflict with a medicine you are taking or a medical condition you may have. Products containing hidden drugs are also sometimes falsely marketed as dietary supplements, putting consumers at greater risk. For these reasons, it is important to consult with a health care professional before using any dietary supplement. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more.

  • Safely Using Hand Sanitizer
    by FDA on December 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 disease by washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds every time. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if they contain at least 60% alcohol and are used properly.

  • Verdad o Mito: lo que debe saber sobre cómo dejar de fumar y los medicamentos de ayuda
    by FDA on December 14, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Casi el 70 por ciento de los fumadores actuales afirman que desean dejar de fumar, pero conseguirlo puede ser difícil y a menudo requiere múltiples intentos.

  • Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications
    by FDA on December 14, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    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.

  • Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and Protect Your Family
    by FDA on December 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    We can each help slow the spread of coronavirus disease and protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering or non-surgical mask when around others; 3) avoid crowds and practice social distancing.