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FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic.A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor…

ABC News Uncovers Reports of Contamination at Peanut Plant

ABC News Uncovers Reports of Contamination at Peanut Plant

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — ABC News has learned new information about the peanut supplier linked to the salmonella outbreak this fall that sickened 41 people in 20 states.Through a Freedom of Information Act request made by ABC Ne…

Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises Amid New Questions on Oversight

Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises Amid New Questions on Oversight

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the death toll climbs to 12 in the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, calls for FDA oversight of the contaminated drugs that caused the outbreak continue to stack up from congressmen, doctors and think…

FDA Asks for Voluntary Recall of Popular Generic Antidepressant

FDA Asks for Voluntary Recall of Popular Generic Antidepressant

J B Reed/Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) — The FDA’s reversal earlier this week of its approval of a generic equivalent of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 ends a five-year saga that began with consumer complaints and a crusade by Joe Graedon, th…

FDA: Beware Buying Prescription Drugs Online

FDA: Beware Buying Prescription Drugs Online

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A moving target of as many as 40,000 active online pharmacies, a huge majority of them fly-by-night start-ups, may sell products at a cut-rate price but they may also deliver expired, contaminated and fake drugs th…

FDA Warns of Serious Skin Burns from Topical Pain Relievers

FDA Warns of Serious Skin Burns from Topical Pain Relievers

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Some consumers have contracted serious skin burns after applying certain over-the-counter topical pain relievers to ease mild muscle and joint aches, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.While such inju…

Court Blocks Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

Court Blocks Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(WASHINGTON) — A federal appeals court Friday said tobacco campanies don’t have to put large graphic warnings on cigarette packs.In a 2 to 1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington sided with tobac…

FDA Warning: Reumofan Supplements Contain Risky Drugs

FDA Warning: Reumofan Supplements Contain Risky Drugs

Agencia el Universal/El Universal de Mexico/Newscom(NEW YORK) — Consumers searching for a miracle cure for the aches and pains of arthritis should beware: The FDA has issued a new warning about the potential health risks of Reumofan and Reumofan Plus,…

FDA Investigates Codeine Safety After Children’s Deaths

FDA Investigates Codeine Safety After Children’s Deaths

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it was investigating the safety of codeine for post-operative pain relief in children following reports of three deaths and one life-threatening emer…

FDA Investigates Codeine Safety After Children’s Deaths

FDA Investigates Codeine Safety After Children’s Deaths

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it was investigating the safety of codeine for post-operative pain relief in children following reports of three deaths and one life-threatening emer…

FDA May Regulate Premium Cigars

FDA May Regulate Premium Cigars

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Are big, fat, $10-a-piece cigars catnip to children?  That’s one question the Food and Drug Administration is mulling as it considers whether or not — or how — to regulate the sale of premium cigars.Makers a…

FDA Approves Generic Versions of Singulair

FDA Approves Generic Versions of Singulair

JB Reed/Bloomberg News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first generic versions of the drug Singulair for allergy and asthma sufferers.The drug, which blocks the action of substances that cause hayfever and oth…

Spinal-Cord Injuries: FDA Approves Cell-Regeneration Therapy

Spinal-Cord Injuries: FDA Approves Cell-Regeneration Therapy

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Marc Buoniconti has been paralyzed from the neck down for 27 years after a college football injury at South Carolina’s The Citadel.His Hall of Fame linebacker father, Nick Buoniconti, triumphed on the football field as …

Wary Doctors Put the ‘Wait’ in Weight Loss Drugs

Wary Doctors Put the ‘Wait’ in Weight Loss Drugs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a 13-year dry spell, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs promising weight loss in a pill.  But will you be able to get a prescription for them?The answer may depend on which do…

FDA Insists It Only Spied on Five Scientists

FDA Insists It Only Spied on Five Scientists

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration denies that it targeted more than five of its scientists or any congressional staff, outside medical experts or journalists in a surveillance operation to identify who leaked …

FDA Requires BPA-Free Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

FDA Requires BPA-Free Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Baby bottles and sippy cups just got safer.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) said child beverage containers could no longer contain the plastic chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA.Consumer…

FDA Requires BPA-Free Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

FDA Requires BPA-Free Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Baby bottles and sippy cups just got safer.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) said child beverage containers could no longer contain the plastic chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA.Consumer…

Consumer Groups Call for White House Action on Food Safety

Consumer Groups Call for White House Action on Food Safety

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Eighteen months ago, the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act was passed into law, but Tuesday parts of that law are yet to be implemented. The White House Office of Management and Budget has missed a…

Consumer Groups Call for White House Action on Food Safety

Consumer Groups Call for White House Action on Food Safety

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Eighteen months ago, the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act was passed into law, but Tuesday parts of that law are yet to be implemented. The White House Office of Management and Budget has missed a…

FDA Approves Weight Loss Drug Qnexa

FDA Approves Weight Loss Drug Qnexa

Lauren Nicole /Digital Vision(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the diet drug Qnexa, the agency’s latest move to give doctors and their patients more tools to fight excessive weight gain as obesity rates continue t…

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