Employee American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT) Accomplishments

SafetyCall International /Pet Poison Helpline is pleased to recognize the recent accomplishments of several of our employees for their board-certification and elected leadership roles to the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT). SafetyCall is home to four of the 107 ABVT Diplomates worldwide. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, SafetyCall remains staffed with industry leading experts in veterinary toxicology.…

Industry Update on CBD Containing Dietary Supplements

Rick Kingston, PharmD
President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs & Sr. Clinical Toxicologist

As most of us know the battle for FDA to allow CBD containing dietary supplements continues to rage.  Proponents of FDA action to allow CBD containing dietary supplements have been discouraged by FDA inaction in finding a path forward on that front.  Despite such slow movement in that …

SafetyCall’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan

We understand that you rely on SafetyCall for 24/7 consumer access to our health and safety experts. We take our commitment in providing this service seriously, which is why SafetyCall International has taken several precautions to keep our employees safe and ensure our service is interruption-free during the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Tuesday, March 10, we successfully tested …

SafetyCall International’s Rick Kingston Takes Critical View of Harvard Study Assessing Risks of Dietary Supplements

Recently, Harvard researchers conducted a study involving dietary supplements, later published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, to review adverse event reports from January 2004 to April 2015 using data from the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The FAERS is a database that contains line listings of select fields of data from Adverse Event (AE) reports contained …

SafetyCall Weighs in on Statement from FDA Commissioner on Agency’s New Efforts to Strengthen Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Rick Kingston, PharmD
President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs & Sr. Clinical Toxicologist 
Many SafetyCall clients that manufacturer and distribute dietary supplements have likely seen the recent press release by FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
One thing that is clear, the FDA plans to crack down on companies that intentionally adulterate their products with unapproved ingredients. These companies put responsible manufacturers

Cochrane Review of Carotenoids’ Role

A recent Cochrane review entitled “Antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplements for slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration” provided a useful review of the science on the topic.  But, like many studies that review or discuss the use of dietary supplements, the authors qualified the positive data with an often times used cliché suggesting there just “might” be …

FDA Now Making Data Available from CFSAN’s Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS)

As part of the FDA’s commitment to transparency, for the first time it has begun posting data from CFSAN’s Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS) on FDA.gov here and through OpenFDA. It’s downloadable in ASCII format, which is amenable to automated querying.

The database contains information on adverse event and product complaint reports submitted to the FDA for Center for Food …

Changes Coming to the EPA’s Adverse Event Reporting System

By Rick Kingston, President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

EPA changes in pest management regulatory reporting programsIt has been a number of years since there has been any change to the EPA’s adverse event reporting systems.  The last major change came in with passage of the 6(a)(2) provision in 1997, which set forth requirements for reporting of adverse events involving EPA registered products.  EPA subsequently put out PR …