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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Myth Of Drug Expiration Dates

The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless.

July 19, 2017
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

FDA Recommends Zika Testing For All Blood Donated In U.S.

The agency said its decision was based on concerns about more cases of local transmission in Florida, the growing number of travel-related infections and concerns that Zika-tainted blood could unwittingly be given to a pregnant woman, putting her unborn baby at risk of severe birth defects.

August 28, 2016

Senate Panel Approves Obama’s Pick For FDA Commissioner

A Senate panel on Tuesday cleared President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, cardiologist Dr. Robert Califf.

January 13, 2016

Heroin Use And Addiction Are Surging In The U.S., CDC Report Says

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said.

July 7, 2015

Conservative Women’s Group Protests Trans Fat Ban

In response to the FDA’s new regulations on trans fats in restaurants and other food manufacturers, a conservative women’s advocacy group has released a statement condemning the new ruling.

June 16, 2015

This Week In Health: Tipping Point With ‘Superbugs’

Experts say we are at a tipping point with antibiotic-resistant bacteria — so-called “superbugs;” Poor sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s; and other news from “This Week In Health.”

June 3, 2015

Quick & Healthy: Take A Walk

“Quick & Healthy” offers findings from the world of health and wellness that you may have missed: Namely, you should walk more and get screened for cancer.

May 13, 2015
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Patch To Treat Peanut Allergies To Get Expedited FDA Review

A new peanut allergy patch was granted expedited review by the FDA and could be set for commercial release in 2018.

April 10, 2015
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State Prosecutors Push Congress To Examine Herbal Supplement Industry

Herbal supplements are in need of a remedy as 14 attorneys general urge the FDA to enforce stricter oversight over the industry.

April 2, 2015

New Food Agency? Hold The Hysteria

Move over, anti-vaxxers. Food-safety activists are here to sow false panic about what you eat.

February 24, 2015
A comparison between human red blood cells differing in oxygenation state. The cell on the left presents an oxygenated appearance as it would while in arterial circulation (after loading oxygen and unloading carbon dioxide in the lungs). The cell on the right appears as it would when deoxygenated, or in venous circulation (after unloading oxygen and loading carbon dioxide in the oxygen requiring-tissue capillaries).

In Shift, FDA Says Gay And Bisexual Men Will Be Able To Donate Blood

The FDA just announced a major reform on who can donate blood.

December 23, 2014

FDA Panel Considers Lifting Ban On Blood Donations By Gay Men

What’s more important to the FDA — saving lives, or petty politics?

November 14, 2014

No Sex Drugs For Women? Here’s Why

The FDA has yet to approve a Pink-Viagra while the problem for women persists.

October 23, 2014

Two More Studies Say FDA Is Bad At Regulating Medical Devices

How the FDA could be putting your health at risk.

October 1, 2014

FDA Plans To Revise Landmark Food Safety Law

Find out what this will mean for the food on your table.

September 19, 2014

DEA Tightens Controls On Hydrocodone Painkiller Drugs

By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is putting tighter controls on the nation’s most widely prescribed narcotic painkiller in a move to stem an epidemic of addiction, overdose, and death. The agency said it would publish a rule Friday to place hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin and Norco, in […]

August 22, 2014

First Federal Gluten-Free Regulation Takes Effect

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times Regulations that tell consumers just what it means when a product is labeled “gluten free” take effect on Tuesday — a “major milestone,” says one of the leading experts on gluten disorders. “The gluten-free diet for someone with celiac disease is like insulin for diabetics,” says Dr. Alessio Fasano, […]

August 4, 2014

As Imports Rise, The FDA Is Losing Its Fight Against Foul Food

By Rick Schmitt, FairWarning In April 2012, inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated a seafood company in southern India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellowfin tuna to the United States. What they found wasn’t appetizing: water tanks rife with microbiological contamination, rusty carving knives, paint peeling above the work area, […]

June 30, 2014

FDA Clears Device That Lets Paraplegics Walk Again

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times A device designed by a quadriplegic Israeli entrepreneur to increase his own mobility, and in use already to get wounded U.S. military personnel up and walking again, has won clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for broad marketing in the United States. The ReWalk system is sometimes called […]

June 27, 2014

Supreme Court Sends Missouri Execution Case Back To Appeals Court

Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann, Los Angeles Times BONNE TERRE, MO — The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a condemned Missouri inmate’s execution Wednesday evening, sending the case back to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Missouri officials told those who had planned to witness it to go home. The high court granted the […]

May 22, 2014

FDA Advises Against Using Extra-Strength Acetaminophen

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Apparently, a Food and Drug Administration warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for, and stop taking prescription medications containing more than […]

April 29, 2014

FDA Advises Against Using Extra-Strength Acetaminophen

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Apparently, the FDA’s warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the drug agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for, and stop taking medications containing more than 325 milligrams […]

April 28, 2014

Fearing Abuse, States Challenge FDA On Painkiller Approval

By Michael Ollove, WASHINGTON — Notwithstanding a court order, Massachusetts and other states plan to restrict use of a new painkiller drug, setting up a showdown with the federal government over who gets to decide the best way to protect public health. In the case of Zohydro, the argument pits the needs of millions […]

April 28, 2014

U.S. Approves Handheld Injector For Painkiller Overdose

Washington (AFP) — U.S. regulators on Thursday approved a handheld injector device that average people could use in an emergency to revive a person suspected of overdosing on prescription painkillers. Evzio contains a single dose of the drug naloxone, and is the first injector of its kind on the market for untrained medical personnel, the […]

April 3, 2014

FDA Approves Device To Treat Migraine Headaches

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of an electronic medical device intended to treat migraine headaches. In an announcement released Tuesday, officials said the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, device was the first ever to receive such approval. The device, which will be marketed […]

March 11, 2014