ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted on its Web site several Consumer Update videos.
--Food Allergies: Reducing the Risks
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
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
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
Asking questions, reading drug labels, and following directions are among the ways consumers can lower the risk of medication mistakes.
--FDA 101: Product Recalls
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.
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