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The Blog of Dr. Ann Conn



FDA Panel Recommends Increased Restrictions on Hydrocodone

1/28/2013 3:20 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

  On Friday January 25,2012, an FDA advisory panel recommended increased restrictions on hydrocodone.  These recommendations were widely reported by CBS Evening News, ABC World News, CNN, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times among others.  If approved, hydrocodone …


Privacy Concerns with Genetic Databases

1/23/2013 12:00 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Anonymous donors for the 100 Genome Project were identified by public genealogy records and gene sequencing tools.  This is a window into the privacy risks of sharing genetic data.  12% of the anonymous donors were identified said Yaniv Erlich, a …


Unlicensed Stem Cell Therapies Ruled Subject to FDA Regulation

1/22/2013 1:51 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

A recent ruling in US District Court in US vs Regenerative Sciences declared that stem cell therapies are “drugs” and “biologics” and subject to regulation by the FDA.  This ruling will help reign in the ‘wild west’ atmosphere of stem …