May 27, 2011 The value of a moratorium on consumer ads for new drugs would hinge on whether a reduction in unexpected side effects outweighed lost health benefits from reduced use of effective medicines, a Congressional Budget Office report says.
Mixing antidepressant Paxil and the cholesterol-fighter Pravachol may lead to an unexpected increase in blood sugar, researchers say.
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May 25, 2011 Researchers mining reports of adverse drug reaction found a combination of the antidepressant Paxil and cholesterol-fighter Pravachol was associated with a big increase in blood sugar. The unexpected finding suggests that data mining techniques could help detect drug interactions.
May 23, 2011 SimplyThick may be causing life-threatening damage to the intestines of premature infants, the Food and Drug Administration said. The agency is aware of 15 cases, including two deaths, and is investigating a possible link to the gel's use in infant formula and breast milk.
May 10, 2011 The federal government alleged that Lauren Stevens, once an in-house lawyer, had obstructed an Food and Drug Administration investigation into Glaxo's marketing of the antidepressant Wellbutrin as a weight-loss aid. A federal judge acquitted her before the defense called a witness.
May 5, 2011 There's never a break in food recalls, even as FDA issues two new food safety rules. Suppliers just expanded recalls on grape tomatoes at major supermarkets and in ready-to-eat salads suspected of salmonella contamination.
FDA tells consumers to steer clear of bogus remedies touted as nonprescription treatments for sexually transmitted diseases.
May 3, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers there are no over-the-counter drugs or dietary supplements approved to treat or prevent sexually transmitted diseases. People who know or suspect they are infected with an STD should consult a health professional.
April 28, 2011 One new drug to treat hepatitis C won an FDA advisory panel's approval Wednesday, and a second drug is expected to get the green light Thursday. Panelists were highly enthusiastic about the drugs' efficacy, though questions remain about side effects and who will benefit.
April 19, 2011 Last summer, a panel of experts advising the FDA voted against an agency plan for managing the risks from prescription painkillers, saying it was too timid. But an Obama administration proposal unveiled Tuesday reprises the approach.
April 11, 2011 Nearly half of people taking the highest dose of the drug lost 10 percent or more of their weight over a year. Only 7 percent of people taking a dummy pill lost that much.
April 8, 2011 Data from a huge federally sponsored analysis of health records are finally in, and the Food and Drug Administration isn't recommending any changes in safety instructions for medicines to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
March 31, 2011 Consumer groups had sought a ban on artificial food dyes, saying there are clear links between dyes and children's behavior. An FDA advisory panel didn't agree, but called for more research.
Cows that consume feed, grass or water contaminated with radioactive iodine-131 can concentrate the element in their milk.
March 31, 2011 The FDA found a small amount of radioactive iodine in milk from Spokane, Wash., but experts and officials agree that the amount is far from dangerous. If anything, the news is just evidence that U.S. detection equipment is pretty darn sensitive, one expert says.
March 30, 2011 In an unusual statement, the Food and Drug Administration said it's quite all right for pharmacists to go ahead and make their own inexpensive version of an expensive medicine to help some women avoid preterm delivery of their babies.
March 29, 2011 Armed with confidential information about how the Food and Drug Administration was going to rule on experimental drugs, an agency chemist and his son allegedly made more than $2.27 million by trading in shares of five companies.
Too much lead led to a recall of some Short Circuits gum.
March 28, 2011 Earlier this year the gum's marketer recalled all flavors of its Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars for having too much lead. Then and now, the company said it was taking action "out of an abundance of caution."
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