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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Michael Ollove, Stateline.org 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]