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FDA NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS

For Immediate Release: Sept. 30, 2009

Contact: Jason Brodsky, 301-827-6251 or consumerinfo@fda.hhs.gov

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates: New Web Videos Educate Consumers about Food and Medical Product Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted on its Web site several Consumer Update videos.

--Food Allergies: Reducing the Risks
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm182842.htm
Food allergies can range from merely irritating to life-threatening. Approximately 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year to get treated for severe food allergies.

--Fortify Your Knowledge about Vitamins
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm182737.htm
Vitamins are essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy life. Although most people get all the vitamins they need from the foods they eat, millions of people worldwide take supplemental vitamins as part of their health regimen.

--Avoiding Drug Interactions
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm182745.htm
There are lots of steps consumers can take to avoid the three main types of drug interactions--
drugs with food and beverages, drugs with dietary supplements, and drugs with other drugs.

--Avoiding Medication Mistakes
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm182942.htm
Asking questions, reading drug labels, and following directions are among the ways consumers can lower the risk of medication mistakes.

--FDA 101: Product Recalls
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm182929.htm
When an FDA-regulated product is either defective or potentially harmful, recalling that product—removing it from the market or correcting the problem—is the most effective means for protecting the public.

Consumer Updates may be published elsewhere without permission. Please credit “FDA Consumer Health Information" (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm) as the source. FDA values feedback on its consumer Web page. Send questions, comments, or story ideas to: consumerinfo@fda.hhs.gov.

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