With the passing of another week, we edge closer to autumn. In Washington, it is as if someone turned off the furnace on August 31 and cooler temperatures set in for all of September. Change is in the air. Here is a preview of some of it:
- Issues with Tissues – The FDA announced this week that it was putting out a new guidance on human tissues. "Patient safety is our primary concern," said Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). "This guidance serves to emphasize the important role that manufacturers play in enhancing tissue safety by helping to ensure that those that perform work for them also comply with the regulations. This is consistent with the efforts, which we applaud, of professional associations to foster quality and compliance with FDA regulations by all involved."
- Can You Hear Me Now? – Rumor has it that Dr. von Eschenbach’s nomination for FDA Commissioner will be voted on soon by the the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, following the hearings of August 1.
- Popeye Watch Out! – The FDA is warning people not to eat bagged spinach as there has been a multi-state outbreak of e coli and they are tracing the outbreak to Popeye’s favorite food. According to an article in The Washington Post, one person is reportedly dead in Wisconsin and others have suffered kidney failure as a result of the outbreak.
In the meantime, climb up on your rocking horse and have a swell weekend everyone.