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Compliance Spotlight

FDA Nutrition Facts Label: Will the New Administration Approve a Change?

On May 20, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new nutrition facts label for packaged foods, the first significant makeover in twenty years. The new label reflects new scientific information regarding our diets; such as the link between diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease. This new label comes after three years of negotiations and proposed improvements between the FDA, scientists, and lobbying groups. Those in favor of the changes have pointed out that the old nutrition fact labels had no information to help consumers determine if they were complying with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines’ recommendations and that the labels did not reflect the necessary nutrients per day. These changes affect manufacturers as well as consumers. Manufacturers are not only worried about having to reformulate their foods, but also having to reconsider their ability to make certain nutrient content claims in advertisements and on packaging. Companies will also have to consider additional costs associated with packaging design, development of new artwork, regulatory consultation and review to ensure label compliance, reconsideration of inconsistent advertising, and human costs associated with potential new operating procedures and training to ensure compliance with the new regulations. In response to complaints from manufacturers, consumer advocates are reminding the White House Administration to remember that the FDA’s mission is protect the health of the American people not the bottom line of manufacturers.

Compliance Spotlight: Dominique Vittori, Abbott Laboratories

Dominique Vittori is a Regulatory Affairs Associate for Abbott Laboratories working within Abbott Diagnostics Division. Abbott Laboratories is a worldwide healthcare company that is most known for pharmaceutical development but eventually branched out to include medical devices, nutritional products and research-based drugs/pharmaceuticals. Ms. Vittori earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, where she majored Molecular and Cellular Biology. Ms. Vittori sought a career in compliance because of the opportunity to put her background and expertise in the sciences to use in a corporate setting, and has been most rewarded by the ability to see the tangible results of her work at Abbott Labs.

The following is an interview with Ms. Vittori where she gives an inside look into her daily life as a compliance professional.

Compliance Spotlight: Ali Gross, UC Los Angeles Health

Alanna J. Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Ali Gross is currently a Senior Privacy Analyst at University of California Los Angeles Health (UCLA).  Ms. Gross is a 2015 Loyola University Chicago School of Law Graduate where she also completed a health law certificate.  Ms. Gross knew she wanted …
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Compliance Spotlight: Adam Solander, Epstein Becker Green

ADAM C. SOLANDER is a Member of Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s D.C. office. Mr. Solander advises clients on data breach/cybersecurity issues across industry lines, including compliance with HITECH, HIPAA, PCI, JCAHO, CMS, ISO, NIST, and various other federal, state, and business requirements.

The following is an interview with him discussing the unique cybersecurity challenges facing the healthcare sector, and how the industry can move past HIPAA compliance to a more robust definition of privacy and security.

Compliance Spotlight: Valerie Dixon, UC Irvine Health

Alanna J. Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law,  JD 2017   Valerie Dixon currently serves as the University of California Irvine Health (UCI) Deputy Compliance Officer.  Ms. Dixon brings 17 years of compliance experience with her to UCI, as she started her compliance career in 1999 at UC San Diego.  Prior to …
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