R.J. Reynolds' Orbs, a dissolvable tobacco product. The Food and Drug administration is studying the flavored products.
January 20, 2012 Supporters of the product say they help quit smoking. Opponents maintain it's a gateway to cigarettes. Both groups are making their case to the Food and Drug Administration, which is studying the flavored melt-in-your-mouth products.
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Excedrin PM tablets are among the drugs being recalled by Novartis due to quality issues.
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January 9, 2012 Novartis is recalling a slew of nonprescription medicines due to problems at a Nebraska factory. Some bottles may contain the wrong medicine. There have been reports of chipped or broken tablets, too.
At first glance, the new safer concentration looks like the old.
December 23, 2011 Infant pain medicines are being changed to make them safer, but right now both old and new concentrations are on pharmacy shelves, increasing the risk of accidental overdoses that prompted the changes in the first place. Parents beware.
December 21, 2011 Clothing, hair and jewelry can get tangled up in the ShoulderFlex massager's rotating parts. And that's a recipe for trouble, the Food and Drug Administration says.
December 13, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration has warned a marketing company and eight surgery centers in Southern California that their marketing of weight-loss surgery is misleading. Ads touted the benefits without adequately describing the risks.
December 9, 2011 After hours of circular debate about the safety of Bayer's family of oral contraceptives, 15 of the Food and Drug Administration's 26 expert advisers voted that the benefits of these birth control pills outweigh the risk of dangerous blood clots.
December 8, 2011 The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.
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Teenagers won't be able to the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step without a prescription.
December 7, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration had decided that a version of the morning-after emergency contraceptive pill could be sold without a prescription to buyers of any age. But the head of the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the FDA.
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December 6, 2011 Federal regulators want companies to stop selling homeopathic human chorionic gonadotropin to help people lose weight to stop. The regulators said the marketing of the products makes them "unnapproved new drugs" and that's against the law.
In addition to arsenic, dangerous levels of lead have been found in apple juice, according to Consumer Reports.
December 1, 2011 Dangerous levels of arsenic and lead have been detected in juices found in many supermarkets. Consumers Union is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set a new standard to protect kids.
November 18, 2011 After more than a year of deliberations and an unprecedented public hearing in June, the agency has revoked approval of the biotech blockbuster Avastin, a medicine that chokes off the blood supply to various cancer cells, as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer.
October 31, 2011 A Food and Drug Administration analysis shows a drop in heart attacks and strokes among people taking Vytorin in the early stages of chronic kidney disease, before they need dialysis.
A pharmacy buyer at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City holds a tray of magnesium sulfate, a drug in short supply.
October 31, 2011 The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.
Owner Eric Jensen examines cantaloupe on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo., last month.
October 19, 2011 The outbreak of listeria in fresh cantaloupe has been blamed for at least 25 deaths and 123 illnesses in 26 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Casualties have slowed since September, but the outbreak is far from over, officials say.
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Arlene Kalley and her daughter Leila, who support the use of Avastin for breast cancer, hold a banner outside the National Mall in Washington in June.
October 13, 2011 A cancer specialist on an expert panel that voted against keeping Avastin's approval for breast cancer intact explained his decision. He couldn't imagine recommending a drug that only limits progression of cancer without lengthening patient's lives or their quality of life.
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