FDA Must List Withheld Documents on Ebola Drug Access, Court Says

The FDA must produce a list of the documents it's withholding on access to the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp so a federal district court can decide whether any of them should be released ( Goldwater Inst. v. HHS, D. Ariz., No. 2:15-cv-01055-SRB, 6/16/16 ).

The court's June 16 ruling comes at a time of increased interest in the access to experimental drugs for use in both pandemics and to aid the dying. Continue…

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Court Rules U.S. Government Cannot Conceal Food Stamp Data

Conceal Food Stamp Data

A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture cannot keep secret the amount retailers receive for participating in the food stamp program (SNAP).

The case began when the Argus Leader, a South Dakota newspaper, filed a Freedom of Information request about businesses enrolled in the food stamp program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture initially denied the newspaper’s request, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently claimed that the department must comply with the request.

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Food & Water Watch sues FDA for concealing records on arsenic in poultry feed

From eNews Park Forest:  WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–May 13 – Today the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch announced that it sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying that the agency has unlawfully ignored a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records related to arsenic-based drugs known as “arsenicals” that are added to poultry feed.

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NFOIC’s FOI Friday for April 6, 2012

A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier.

Adkisson ordered to release emails

A state district judge on Thursday ruled that Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson must release messages about public business from his private email account, but the legal battle is far from over.

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