The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?
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Cal Fire expects to have the Valley Fire fully-contained this evening, but is giving no time frame for the investigation into the circumstances under which four firefighters were burned September 12.
Water storage has dwindled at six major reservoirs in California.
Fire restrictions are being lifted in the Tahoe National Forest Tuesday.
The Butte Fire destroyed 475 homes in Calaveras and Amador counties. Many families who lost homes are having a hard time finding new places to live.
Cal Fire says the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties is now 100 percent contained at 70,868 acres. The fire started September 9. It killed two people and destroyed 475 homes and damaged 343 outbuildings.