The FDA issued an alert regarding domestic sales of counterfeit blood glucose test strips for use with various models of LifeScan Inc.’s One Touch brand blood glucose monitors.
As part of an effort by the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to halt deceptive online advertisements and sales of products misrepresented as diabetes cures or treatments, the agencies have sent approximately 180 letters and advisories to Internet outlets in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Nephrologist Jean Holley, MD, will never forget Deena and Mary (not their real names), two patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) she cared for 20 years ago who asked her to let them die. Deena, a widow in her 70s, had been on hemodialysis for eight years.
For centuries, human beings have spread diseases long distances through their travels. Yellow fever and the mosquitoes that transmit it, for instance, are thought to have originated in Africa and been introduced to the New World by slave ships in the 1500s. The 1918 influenza pandemic illustrates how contagious diseases can spread throughout the world.