Weekly Roundup – 09-12/08

Well, Congress is back.  You may be relieved that your representation is back at the seat of government, doing that voodoo that they do so well.  For me, it means a longer commute and more bad drivers on the road.  We had torrential, biblical rains here in DC from Hurricane Hanna.  We begin to turn our attention to the change of seasons.  Mums are for sale everywhere.  And today, I start Motorcycle Class man.  I’m too cool for school.

In the meantime, here is a little of what happened this week:

  • Podcast with Wayne Pines – If you have anything to do with FDA, then you know Wayne Pines, a consultant to many healthcare interests on matters dealing with the FDA and media.  I had the chance to sit down with him this week and we talked about how quickly both the regulations that govern FDA and modes of communication are changing the face of what healthcare communicators do and what they need to know about.  Enjoy.

  • FDA Issues Alert Over Chinese Infant Formula – In response to reports of contaminated milk-based infant formula manufactured in China, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today is issuing a Health Information Advisory. This is to assure the American public that there is no known threat of contamination in infant formula manufactured by companies that have met the requirements to sell infant formula in the United States. Although no Chinese manufacturers of infant formula have fulfilled the requirements to sell infant formula in the United States, FDA officials are investigating whether or not infant formula manufactured in China is being sold in specialty markets which serve the Asian community.  The FDA is advising caregivers not to feed infant formula manufactured in China to infants. This should be replaced with an appropriate infant formula manufactured in the United States as mentioned below. Individuals should contact their health care professional if they have questions regarding their infant’s health or if they note changes in their infant’s health status.
  • Job with My Employer Fleishman-Hillard – I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but since I’ve been writing so much about digital and healthcare, here is a job available that involves both for those qualified and interested.  Here is the job information on the position.

It has been a rather unpleasant week for me, so I’m signing off. 

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