Category Archives: Health Care

U.S. District Court Rules in FTC’s Favor, Imposes $40 Million Judgment Against Weight-Loss Supplement Marketers for Order Violations

 A federal district judge in Atlanta has issued an order finding several defendants, including repeat offender Jared Wheat, in contempt for violating previous court orders related to the sale of weight-loss dietary supplements. The order imposes a more than $40 million judgment against the defendants, part or all of which the Federal Trade Commission may use to provide refunds to deceived consumers who bought the products.

Gadget Island, Inc. dba Gear Isle Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, Papa Zen 3300, Fifty Shades 6000 and Grande X 5800, Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil, Tadalafil and Desmethyl Carbodenafil

Newark, CA, Gadget Island, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Rhino 7 Platinum 5000 capsules, All LOTS, Papa Zen 3300 capsules, LOT# NSS050888, Fifty Shades 6000 capsules, all Lots, Grande X 5800 capsules, all Lots, to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the products to be tainted with Sildenafil and Tadalafil, which are the active ingredients in two FDA-approved prescription drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), as well as Desmethyl Carbodenafil which is structurally similar to sildenafil.

Kiriko, LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of A1 Slim Due to Undeclared Sibutramine, Phenolphthalein and N-Desmethyl sibutramine

Kiriko, LLC. is voluntarily recalling all lots of A1 Slim 30 capsules bottle to the consumer level.  FDA laboratory analysis has found the A1 Slim product to be tainted with sibutramine, phenolphthalein and N-Desmethyl sibutramine. 

These undeclared ingredients make this product an unapproved new drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established; therefore, subject to recall.

Welcoming New Projects and Partners to Address Pain in the Military Population

I am proud to announce NIH’s newest interagency research initiative on pain management in military service members and veterans. 

NCCIH, lead for this multi-agency initiative called the NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory, is contributing more than half the funding for these 12 projects to develop, implement, and test nondrug approaches for managing pain and its related conditions in the military and veteran population―including opioid misuse, abuse, and disorder. The total funding for this project will be $81 million over 6 years. 

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States:

This report presents 2016 national estimates of use of alcohol, tobacco products, illicit drugs (such as, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, as well as the misuse of opioids, prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives), substance use disorders, and substance use treatment among people 12 years of age and older. It Includes national estimates of any mental illness, serious mental illness, major depressive episode, use of mental health services and suicidal ideation among adults ages 18 or older and national estimates of major depressive episode, use of mental health services among adolescents aged 12 to 17. Trend information on these topics are also presented. Inventory#: SMA17-5044

Keeping Youth Drug Free

This resource guide for parents offers advice on keeping children substance free. Review statistics about adolescent substance use, and learn tips on good communication. The guide also features substance facts and case studies for additional insight. Inventory#: SMA17-3772

Funding and Characteristics of Single State Agencies for Substance Abuse Services and State Mental Health Agencies, 2015

This report highlights the structure, responsibilities, policies, services, and financing of single-state agencies and state mental health agencies. The report includes discussion of efforts to integrate physical and behavioral health and efforts by state agencies to address opioid abuse and misuse. Inventory#: SMA17-5029

Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders:

Provides Health Care Practitioners and Disaster Responders with guidelines for communicating with survivors experiencing grief. Background information about the grieving process and what happens when the grief process is interrupted and complicated or traumatic grief occurs is included as well as helpful resources for additional assistance. Inventory#: SMA17-5036

Tips for Survivors:

This tip sheet contains information about grief, the grieving process, and what happens when the process is interrupted and complicated or traumatic grief occurs. It also offers tips and resources for coping with both types of grief. Inventory#: SMA17-5035

Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4

This report presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions. This data includes the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking. The report also highlights the percentages of those who seek treatment for these conditions. Access state barometer reports. Inventory#: SMA17-BAROUS-16