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  • FDA approves new drug for anthrax poisoning

    March 25, 2015 9:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax. The Food and Drug Administration approved Anthrasil for use in combination with older antibiotics to treat inhalation anthrax, which can cause serious injury and death. The condition occurs when... more »
  • FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

    March 20, 2015 10:40 AM

    BOISE, ID - Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes... more »
  • Experimental cholesterol drugs could reduce heart risk

    March 15, 2015 1:45 PM

    SAN DIEGO - New research is boosting hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. Studies presented at a cardiology conference in San Diego today suggest that people taking one of these drugs had... more »
  • FDA: 3 people die from foodborne illness linked to ice cream

    March 13, 2015 4:59 PM

    DALLAS - Officials say three people have died after developing a foodborne illness linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. That prompted the first product recall in the Texas creamery's 108-year history. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says five people in all developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products... more »
  • FDA sets meeting to review endoscope infection problems

    March 12, 2015 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials will meet in May to review problems with the design and cleaning of specialized medical instruments at the center of at least two recent "superbug" outbreaks. The Food and Drug Administration has set a two-day meeting for mid-May to gather expert opinion on improving the... more »
  • FDA issues warning on men's testosterone drugs

    March 3, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is warning about the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of U.S. men, saying the popular treatments have never been proven safe or effective for treating common signs of aging like low libido and fatigue. The agency says drugmakers must clarify that... more »
  • FDA approves new treatment for varicose veins

    February 20, 2015 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new technique for treating varicose veins by sealing them with a clear liquid that turns into a solid adhesive. The VenaSeal system is approved for patients with varicose veins of the legs that cause pain, blood clots or other symptoms.... more »
  • Doctors develop new way to test brain cancer drugs

    January 22, 2015 12:12 PM

    PHOENIX, AZ - One of the nation's most unusual cancer experiments is underway at a Phoenix hospital, aimed at finding new treatments for deadly brain tumors. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute are testing drugs Tso early in... more »
  • FDA approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

    January 14, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is empty or full.... more »
  • US moves toward dropping ban on gay blood donations

    December 23, 2014 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors replacing the blanket ban... more »
  • FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder

    December 23, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • Pregnant women to get better info from drug labels

    December 3, 2014 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - Pregnant and worried about your medication? The Food and Drug Administration is revamping confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which medications may pose risks to the baby. Women take an average of three to five prescription drugs during pregnancy, for everything from asthma... more »
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

    November 25, 2014 2:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday,... more »
  • FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain

    October 29, 2014 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON- Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to prevent a potentially deadly form of bacterial meningitis often associated with college dormitories. The Food and Drug Administration says it cleared Pfizer's Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease in people ages 10 to 25. The bacteria infect the... more »
  • Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use

    October 6, 2014 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - A North Carolina drug maker is providing an experimental antiviral drug to a patient being treated for Ebola in Dallas. That word comes from officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The drug company, Chimerix Inc., said earlier that doctors it did not identify had received permission from the... more »
  • FDA to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers

    September 30, 2014 5:46 PM

    PORTLAND, OR - If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that two companies have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers... more »
  • New FDA label bolsters safety case for Chantix

    September 24, 2014 10:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - New government-approved labeling on Pfizer's drug Chantix suggests that the anti-smoking medication may not carry the risks of suicidal behavior that first earned it the government's strongest warning more than five years ago. The FDA has updated the drug's label to include data from a number of recent... more »
  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    August 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patient DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in a patient's stool sample that can be an early warning sign of... more »
  • Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

    August 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and others at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted products, and that... more »
  • Jindal signs alternative treatment bill into law

    May 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill signed into law on Friday by Bobby Jindal allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or treatments that are still awaiting FDA approval as long as they have physician approval for the interventions. Representative Julie Stokes sponsored the bill and said it gives... more »
  • Gov't puts new age restriction on tanning beds

    May 29, 2014 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18 as the federal government works to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices. The Food and Drug Administration has regulated tanning machines for over... more »
  • Senators warn of carcinogen risk with e-cigarettes

    May 8, 2014 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Eight Senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine new research suggesting that some electronic cigarettes can produce dangerous carcinogens similar to those from traditional cigarettes. The lawmakers want regulators to protect e- cigarette users and those nearby from cancer-causing vapors apparently produced by high-powered... more »
  • Law enforcement agencies oppose medical marijuana Play Video

    April 29, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves... more »
  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 24, 2014 6:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular battery-powered devices that... more »
  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    April 23, 2014 6:00 AM

    ANN ARBOR, MI - A few patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder are regaining some vision thanks to a procedure performed at the University of Michigan. The Ann Arbor school's Kellogg Eye Center is the first such facility in the U.S. to implant an artificial... more »
  • FDA: Honey with any added sweeteners isn't honey

    April 8, 2014 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey." The agency said enforcement action is... more »
  • FDA looks to reboot nonprescription drug system

    February 21, 2014 8:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to revamp its 40-year-old system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments. In a federal posting Friday, the agency announced a two-day meeting next month to... more »
  • FDA proposes rules for safe transport of foods

    January 31, 2014 11:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported. The rules announced Friday are part of a sweeping food safety law signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. They would require many larger companies that ship, hold and otherwise transport food... more »
  • FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps could harm you

    December 16, 2013 8:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. The federal ruling on triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients lends new support... more »
  • FDA preventing foodborne illness in animals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 25, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Food and Drug Association is working toward preventing food borne illness in animals, similar to the way it does for people. The plan is to set guidelines for food safety and holding imported foods to the same standard as foods made in the U.S. These... more »
  • FDA OKs implant for enlarged prostate symptoms

    September 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have approved the first permanent implant to treat men's urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. The Food and Drug Administration says it approved the Urolift system to relieve low or blocked urine flow in men age 50 or older. The implant works by... more »
  • FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods

    July 26, 2013 8:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new steps to ensure that fresh produce, cheese and other foods imported into the U.S. are safe. The proposed rules are required by a sweeping food safety law passed by Congress more than 2 years ago. They're meant to establish... more »
  • FDA: tanning beds cause cancer check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2013 9:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who use tanning beds could soon see new warning labels on the popular machines. The Food and Drug Administration wants to warn young people about the dangers associated with ultraviolent radiation from indoor tanning. The agency wants to curb melanoma cases, which is the deadliest... more »
  • FDA wants cancer warnings for tanning beds

    May 6, 2013 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON- Indoor tanning beds would carry new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to additional regulations, under a proposal unveiled by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA wants all tanning beds to issue warnings to people under the age of 18 about the risks of indoor... more »
  • FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter

    April 30, 2013 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline. Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription - and said it... more »
  • FDA cites sanitary issues at specialty pharmacies

    April 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it has uncovered troubling sterility problems at 30 specialty pharmacies that were inspected following a recent outbreak of meningitis caused by contaminated drugs. The agency said its inspectors targeted 31 compounding pharmacies that produce sterile drugs, which must be prepared under highly... more »
  • Patients dealing with MS excited about new drug check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tecfidera is already showing up in medicine cabinets despite the fact it was just approved by the FDA last week. The drug is designed to reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that disrupts the communication between the brain and other parts of the... more »
  • FDA panel backs long-acting Boehringer inhaler

    January 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - A panel of federal health experts is overwhelmingly recommending approval for a long-acting inhaler to treat people suffering from chronic lung disease. The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 15 to one that Boehringer Ingelheim's once-daily inhaler is safe and effective for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition... more »
  • FDA panel wants limits on hydrocodone

    January 25, 2013 7:39 PM

    Health advisors want new restrictions on hyrocodone because of abuses, ranking first or second in the U.S. each year. It is a highly addictive ingredient found in Vicodin and other widely abused prescription drugs. The FDA's panel of drug safety specialists voted to subject hydrocodone drugs to the same restrictions... more »
  • FDA issues sweeping new food safety rules

    January 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue rules are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a... more »
  • Consumer watchdog asks FDA to revisit compounders

    November 29, 2012 8:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A government watchdog group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to re-inspect more than a dozen specialty pharmacies with prior records of violations, in light of a recent deadly outbreak tied to compounded drugs. Contaminated pain injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy have been blamed... more »
  • FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant

    November 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with a new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law. FDA officials found salmonella all over Sunland Inc.'s New... more »
  • FDA fights Web pharmacies selling unapproved drugs

    October 6, 2012 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its fight against counterfeit and other potentially harmful medicine sold over the Internet. The agency is ordering operators of about 4,100 websites to immediately stop selling unapproved medications to U.S. consumers. The FDA has sent warning letters to three companies... more »
  • FDA: Avoid drugs from company tied to meningitis

    October 4, 2012 2:53 PM

    NEW YORK - The government is warning doctors and hospitals not to use any product from the specialty pharmacy that made the steroid suspected in a meningitis outbreak. An official with the Food and Drug Administration said tests found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the... more »
  • FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

    September 19, 2012 7:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards. So far, FDA officials say they have found no evidence that suggests rice is unsafe... more »
  • FDA names Ind. farm tied to salmonella in melons

    August 23, 2012 7:39 AM

    OWENSVILLE, Ind. - The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. The FDA says Chamberlain Farms of Owensville could be one source of the multi-state outbreak. A Chamberlain... more »
  • FDA approves highly anticipated weight-loss pill

    July 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is approving a weight loss drug from Vivus Inc. that many doctors consider the most effective therapy among a new generation of anti-obesity pills. The agency cleared the pill Qsymia for adults who are obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related... more »
  • FDA approves first rapid, take home HIV test

    July 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes. The OraQuick test from Orasure is designed to detect the presence of HIV using a mouth swab within 20 minutes.... more »
  • FDA approves first new weight loss pill in decade

    June 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade. The agency cleared the pill for adults who are obese or are overweight with at least one medical... more »
  • A cigar isn't just a cigar

    June 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    Cigar makers and aficionados are fighting back against the FDA''s intention to regulate the industry under a 2009 law that gives the agency authority over tobacco products. That could mean banning certain flavors, requiring new health warning labels, limiting the sizes and shapes and imposing restrictions for marketing, advertising and... more »
  • Safety bill won't track counterfiet prescription drugs

    June 19, 2012 8:12 PM

    Congress is poised to pass a bill to beef up the safety of U.S. prescription drugs but without a tracking system that public health advocates say is critical to weeding out counterfeits. The House and Senate agreed late Monday to legislation that helps supplement the FDA's budget after previously passing... more »
  • FDA urges markets to pull shellfish from South Korea

    June 15, 2012 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is urging food distributors, retailers and food service vendors to remove from the market oysters, clams, mussels and scallops imported from South Korea because of possible contamination with human waste and norovirus. The decision follows an FDA evaluation that determined that the Korean... more »
  • HIV advocate concerned about home testing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 17, 2012 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Giving yourself an HIV test in your own home could be a reality in the near future. An advisory panel recommended the FDA approve an over-the-counter version of a test widely used by health professionals. With the Baton Rouge the area now ranked number 1 in... more »
  • FDA panel backs first pill to block HIV infection

    May 11, 2012 7:42 AM

    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A panel of federal health advisers has endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, clearing the way for a potentially landmark approval in the 30-year-old effort against the virus that causes AIDS. In a series of votes, the Food and Drug... more »
  • FDA advisers recommend approving weight loss drug

    May 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Advisers to government health regulators have recommended that that they approve sales of what would be the first new prescription weight-loss drug in the U.S. in more than a decade, despite concerns over cardiac risks. A panel of expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 18-4... more »
  • FDA: Kids' medical tests need child-size radiation

    May 9, 2012 7:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government is taking steps to help ensure that children who need CT scans and other X-ray-based tests don't get an adult-sized dose of radiation. Too much radiation from medical testing is a growing concern because it may increase the risk of cancer later in life. Children are... more »
  • FDA favors first drug for HIV prevention

    May 8, 2012 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal drug regulators affirmed that a landmark study showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill already on the market can also help people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss whether Truvada should... more »
  • Packaging error leads to birth control recall

    February 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    NEW YORK- Drugmaker Glenmark Generics says it is recalling seven lots of birth control pills because in some packages, the pills were in the wrong order. Glenmark announced a voluntary recall of seven lots of its Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25... more »
  • FDA Workers Sue over Spying

    January 30, 2012 7:42 PM

    Some current and former members of the FDA sued saying the agency secretly monitored their private email after they raised concerns that approved medical devices might be a risk to public safety. The doctors and scientists went to members of Congress and the incoming Obama Administration to express alarm the... more »
  • Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK

    January 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A British pharmaceutical company is working its way toward FDA approval for the world's first prescription drug developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents, a medical milestone that could presage a new era for the plant and the nation's uneasy relationship with it. GW Pharma has... more »
  • FDA approves flu vaccine for coming season

    July 18, 2011 12:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new flu vaccine for the season beginning this year that will be manufactured by a half-dozen drug companies. Each year the FDA works with other federal agencies and global health experts to design a vaccine to protect... more »
  • FDA finds salmonella during egg farm inspections

    February 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A series of Food and Drug Administration inspections at the nation's largest egg farms has found at least one operation contaminated with salmonella. The FDA is inspecting the country's 600 largest egg farms in the wake of a salmonella outbreak in eggs last summer that sickened at least... more »
  • FDA warns makers of alcoholic energy drinks

    November 17, 2010 1:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to four manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks, saying the caffeine added to their beverages is an "unsafe food additive." FDA Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said Wednesday that the agency has decided the combinations of caffeine and alcohol in... more »
  • FDA: Johnson & Johnson business breaking law

    August 24, 2010 10:33 AM

    The FDA says a Johnson & Johnson business that makes joint replacements, is breaking the law with its marketing of two products. Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics is selling one product that was never approved for sale and is selling another product for uses that have not been specifically... more »
  • FDA finds low risk of dispersants on seafood

    August 5, 2010 3:47 PM

    The Food and Drug Administration says chemical dispersants used to break up oil in the Gulf of Mexico have a low potential for accumulating in seafood, and do not pose a public health concern. The agency issued that analysis in a letter to Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat... more »
  • Vitter likens FDA recommendation to death panels

    July 28, 2010 11:44 AM

    Senator David Vitter suggests an FDA advisory panel's negative recommendation on a contested breast cancer drug, amounts to rationing health care. The allegations revive allegations of government death panels. In a statement, Vitter said the recommendation on the drug Avastin was "sickening," likening it to a government panel withholding... more »
  • FDA panel: Diabetes drug should stay on market

    July 14, 2010 3:36 PM

    A majority of federal health experts has voted to keep the controversial diabetes pill Avandia on the market despite evidence that it increases the risk of heart attack. A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 20-12 against withdrawing GlaxoSmithKline's once-blockbuster drug. Panelists who voted to keep the... more »
  • Two-day hearing to decide fate of diabetes pill

    July 13, 2010 7:18 AM

    Hearings begin today on whether the drug Avandia should stay on the market. FDA scientists have blasted a study by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline used to defend the safety of the once high-riding diabetes drug, which fell out of favor because of potential ties to heart attacks. In fact, one FDA... more »
  • FDA to review first of 3 new weight loss drugs

    July 12, 2010 5:53 AM

    The first of a trio of new weight loss drugs gets officially unveiled this week, carrying hope of success where others failed -- safely delivering significant weight loss. None of the new prescription drug therapies represents a breakthrough in research. Two of the drugs submitted for approval simply combine existing... more »
  • FDA panel backs new Morning After Pill

    June 17, 2010 9:53 PM

    Federal health experts say a new type of morning-after pill is safe and effective and it works longer than existing products. A FDA panel voted unanimoulsy that ellaOne reduces the chance of pregnancy for up to five days after sex. Plan B, the most widely used emergency contraceptive pill, is... more »
  • FDA questions effectiveness of so-called "female Viagra"

    June 16, 2010 10:35 AM

    Federal health regulators say a pill designed to boost a woman's sex drive has failed to make any significant impact on libido. The Food and Drug Administration will ask a panel of experts to weigh in on the drug's safety and effectiveness on Friday. Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim has... more »
  • FDA concerned about too much medical radiation

    June 14, 2010 6:00 AM

    The Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at radiation treatment because of evidence that Americans get too much of it from tests. The average American's dose has grown sixfold in the past few decades. Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, accounting for half of the... more »
  • BR company will make generic drugs in Europe

    June 2, 2010 12:40 PM

    A pharmaceutical company based in Baton Rouge plans to begin manufacturing protein-based drugs in Europe over the next two years. TransGenRx CEO William Fioretti says the company will boost its employment in Baton Rouge from 38 to about 60 during that time. The company was founded in 2002.... more »
  • FDA puts liver damage warning on weight loss pill

    May 26, 2010 2:24 PM

    A warning today for consumers that take the weight loss pill Alli. Federal health officials say the drug may cause severe liver damage in rare cases. The FDA says it has added a warning to the label of the drug, which is sold over-the-counter. The FDA identified... more »
  • FDA approves swine flu test for permanent use

    May 24, 2010 10:50 AM

    The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first diagnostic test for 2009 swine flu under its traditional approval system. The FDA previously cleared several tests on a limited basis for use during the declared public health emergency related to swine flu. The new Simplexa Influenza... more »
  • FDA probes diabetes risk with prostate cancer meds

    May 3, 2010 12:55 PM

    The Food and Drug Administration is looking into data suggesting a group of prostate cancer drugs increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The drugs are used to suppress the hormone testosterone, which fuels the growth of prostate cancer tumors. Occasionally the drugs are used by women to... more »
  • FDA Cancer drug

    April 29, 2010 8:40 PM

    The FDA approved a drug to stimulate a patient's immune system in fighting prostate cancer. It's called Provenge and is marketed by Dendreon Corp. It is intended to treat prostate cancer that has spread elsewhere in the body and that is not responding to hormone therapy. The drug encourages cells... more »
  • Report says FDA should force rollback in salty foods

    April 20, 2010 8:52 AM

    The Food and Drug Administration is considering regulating the amount of salt in food. Americans eat about 1½ teaspoons of salt daily, more than double what they need for good health - and high enough to increase risk of high blood pressure and other problems. Most of that sodium comes... more »
  • Maalox name change

    February 17, 2010 3:21 PM

    The maker of Maalox Total Relief is changing the name of its most potent over the counter medication because health regulators say consumers are confusing it with other medicines. The Food and Drug Administration says Maalox Total Relief can cause internal bleeding and is often confused with traditional Maalox,... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Jan. 18

    January 18, 2010 5:44 PM

    A warning about a counterfeit weight-loss drug, new concerns about BPA, diabetic retinopathy, and how a combination of supplements may help prevent fractures are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • FDA warns consumers about counterfeit weight-loss drug

    January 18, 2010 11:09 AM

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about a counterfeit and potentially harmful version of Alli 60 mg capsules (120 count refill kit). Preliminary laboratory tests conducted by GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of the FDA approved over-the-counter weight-loss product, revealed that the counterfeit version did not contain orlistat, the... more »
  • Counterfeit Alli

    January 18, 2010 10:57 AM

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  • FDA says popular inhaler not linked to heart risk

    January 14, 2010 9:37 PM

    The Food and Drug Administration says there is no heart risk connected with the Spiriva respiratory inhaler. Its used for chronic onstructive pulmonary disease which causes coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. The FDA began investigating Spiriva's safety last March, after reports of slightly higher rates of stroke and heart... more »
  • FDA backs off oyster ban

    November 13, 2009 1:52 PM

    Facing fierce resistance, the FDA backed off a plan to ban sales of raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico during warm weather. The agency told lawmakers from Louisiana it will put the proposal on hold while it studies ways to make consumption of raw oysters more safe. State leaders... more »
  • Spine implant questions

    November 4, 2009 8:38 PM

    Some independent experts from a Food and Drug Administration panel say they have lingering questions about whether an implant from Zimmer Holdings Inc. is safe and effective for treating a painful spinal condition. The panel says Zimmer's studies have yet to clearly show which patients would benefit from its titanium... more »
  • Mississippi raw oyster lovers may soon pay more

    October 30, 2009 9:17 PM

    Oyster lovers in Mississippi may have to pay more for them, if the Food and Drug Administration moves ahead with a proposal to ban the sale of raw oysters from the Gulf Coast during the summer months. Oyster dealers don't know how much the costs would go up from the... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 27

    October 27, 2009 5:39 PM

    Elective deliveries, exercising while you're sick and FDA drug approval are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • FDA bans flavored cigarettes

    September 23, 2009 5:06 PM

    Flavored cigarettes, including flavors like candy, fruit and clove, have been banned from stores across the country. The Food and Drug Administration's ban went into effect yesterday. more »
  • FDA approves new swine flu vaccine

    September 15, 2009 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to get vaccinations under way next month. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the vaccine's approval to Congress - and says she hopes to get... more »

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