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FDA Approves New Drug for Erectile Dysfunction

FDA Approves New Drug for Erectile Dysfunction

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Stendra, a new pill in the same drug class as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis, which reportedly offers men with erectile dysfunction the possibility of achieving an …

Company Approves Drug for Dying Mother

Company Approves Drug for Dying Mother

Photodisc/​Thinkstock(TAMPA BAY, Florida) — Social media proved to be one powerful tool for a mother dying of breast cancer and desperate to get a drug that has yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a self-made video, Darle…

FDA Warns of Infection Risks from Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

FDA Warns of Infection Risks from Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors, hospitals and clinics that contaminated ultrasound gel produced by a New Jersey company infected 16 cardiac patients and could pose serious risks to pregnant women an…

FDA Will Require Tobacco Companies to List Harmful Ingredients

FDA Will Require Tobacco Companies to List Harmful Ingredients

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it will require the tobacco industry to disclose a number of harmful chemical ingredients and also to back up claims for tobacco products marketed as “less…

FDA Won’t Ban BPA Chemical in Packaging

FDA Won’t Ban BPA Chemical in Packaging

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it won’t ban bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial chemical that is widely used in food packaging. The FDA agreed to respond by March 31 to a petition fi…

FDA Weighing Ban on BPA Chemical in Packaging

FDA Weighing Ban on BPA Chemical in Packaging

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce whether to ban bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial chemical that is widely used in food packaging. The FDA agreed to respond by March 31 to a petitio…

Company Started Phasing Out Faulty Hip Implant Year Before Recall

Company Started Phasing Out Faulty Hip Implant Year Before Recall

File photo/ Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The makers of a faulty hip implant recalled in 2010 started phasing out the device in 2009, weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked for safety data, the New York Times reported.The FDA said…

FDA Approves Third Silicone-Gel Breast Implant

FDA Approves Third Silicone-Gel Breast Implant

Stockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has conditionally approved a new silicone-gel breast implant, HealthDay reports. The implant, manufactured by Santa Barbara-based Sientra, can be used for breast tissue reconstruc…

Organic Milk — Are You Getting What You Pay For?

Organic Milk — Are You Getting What You Pay For?

Creatas/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — The USDA’s inspector general has released a new report raising questions about whether paying $7 per gallon for organic milk is buying you a drink that’s completely free of the chemicals and genetically mo…

FDA Announces New Warning Labels for Cholesterol Drug

FDA Announces New Warning Labels for Cholesterol Drug

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal regulators announced on Tuesday they would add additional safety warnings to the labels on statins, a class of drugs that lower cholesterol.Statins — more commonly known by the brand names Lipitor, Crestor…

Qnexa Ruling Renews Debate About Its Risks and Benefits

Qnexa Ruling Renews Debate About Its Risks and Benefits

FDA/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The decision by a federal advisory panel to recommend Qnexa for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is drawing praise and criticism from obesity and diet experts, reflecting a still-hot debate on …

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Diet Drug Qnexa

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Diet Drug Qnexa

FDA/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee Wednesday recommended approval of the weight loss drug Qnexa, a treatment many hope will help millions of Americans who struggle with obesity.In voting 20-…

FDA Efforts Reversal of Critical Cancer Drug Shortage

FDA Efforts Reversal of Critical Cancer Drug Shortage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved new suppliers for two cancer drugs Tuesday in an effort to curb the largest nationwide drug shortage in nearly a decade.The FDA said its approval of a new supply metho…

FDA to Investigate Safety of Inhalable Caffeine

FDA to Investigate Safety of Inhalable Caffeine

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will launch a safety investigation of a new product that allows consumers to inhale caffeine through a lipstick-sized portable device, rather than drinking it.AeroShot deliv…

FDA to Reconsider Once-Rejected Diet Drug

FDA to Reconsider Once-Rejected Diet Drug

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the search for treatments to fight obesity, regulators have turned their attention to a diet drug that has already failed to receive government approval as a weight-loss treatment.Next week, a panel of advisers to …

Is Your Powered Toothbrush a Choking Hazard?

Is Your Powered Toothbrush a Choking Hazard?

FDA(WASHINGTON) — The FDA issued a warning Thursday that the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush electric toothbrush may present a choking hazard, especially to children.“Reports indicated that while turned on, the brush head has either ‘popped off…

Man Suffers Severe Injuries After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

Man Suffers Severe Injuries After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NICEVILLE, Fla.) — A Florida man is recovering at a local burn center after suffering severe injuries from an electric cigarette that exploded in his mouth.Tom Holloway, 57, of Niceville, Fla., was smoking the e-cigarette Monday…

Shortage of Child Leukemia Drug Could Be Avoided, FDA Says

Shortage of Child Leukemia Drug Could Be Avoided, FDA Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that a shortage on the life-saving drug used in childhood leukemia treatments could be averted.Last week, doctors spoke out about the looming shortage of methotrex…

Lipsticks, Perfumes May Be Hazardous to Health

Lipsticks, Perfumes May Be Hazardous to Health

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Beware of lipstick-stained lips before puckering up this Valentine’s Day. They could be covered in lead.A new study conducted by the FDA found that 400 lipsticks on the market tested positive for lead, according to …

Critical Shortage of Children’s Leukemia Drug

Critical Shortage of Children’s Leukemia Drug

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Medication used to treat the most common form of childhood leukemia is in short supply, adding to the largest nationwide shortage of critical lifesaving hospital medications in nearly a decade.All five pharmaceutical …

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