Monthly Archives: May 2015

Raising Legal Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21 Would Slash Smoking Rate, Save Lives

Major newspapers, wire sources and media outlets cover the release of a report by the Institute of Medicine suggesting that raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes to age 21 in the US would greatly reduce the number of people … Continue reading

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Pfizer Accused of Misleading Consumers With Oversized Bottles for Ibuprofen

Fierce Pharma Manufacturing reported on a lawsuit filed in New York Federal district court that accuses drugmaker Pfizer of “misleading consumers, and squeezing competitors, by using oversized bottles for Advil ibuprofen dry pills and Liqui-Gels” that misled customers into thinking they’re … Continue reading

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FDA Study: Smoking-Related Disease Just as High for Some Cigar Smokers

CNBC reports that, according to research from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, “the risk of dying from smoking-related disease is just as high for some cigar smokers as it is for people who smoke cigarettes.” Researchers … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Device Being Tested By VA May Put End to Pressure Ulcers

Helps detect the earliest signs of ulcer formation Pressure ulcers (commonly known as bed sores) are one of the most troublesome and painful complications for patients during a long hospital stay, but a joint project between the Department of Veterans … Continue reading

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The History of Memorial Day

The Web site USMemorialDay.org has an interesting section on the history of Memorial Day. As we pause today to honor our veterans, the history of this day is important. This is the opening section of the Web page: Memorial Day, originally … Continue reading

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White House Unveils New Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The White House announced a new plan for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria on Friday, and media coverage focused on the “aggressive” nature of the proposal and what was portrayed as the high financial cost of implementation. The reporting almost universally included … Continue reading

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FDA Panel Recommends Updated Labels for Diabetes Drugs to Reflect Cardiovascular Risk

Bloomberg News reports that the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee recommended that the agency “add data from trials on the heart effects to the labels of” two diabetes drugs: AstraZeneca’s Onglyza (saxagliptin) and Takeda’s Nesina (alogliptin). The panel also … Continue reading

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FDA Proposal Would Allow Drug Companies to Contradict Official Safety Warnings

The Washington Post reported the FDA “is proposing to allow pharmaceutical companies to contradict official safety warnings in sales presentations to customers.” The proposal, supported by manufacturers, would “allow drugmakers to present customers with information that undermines official warnings as long as … Continue reading

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Fourteen State AGs Call on Congress to Investigate Herbal Supplements Industry

Reuters reports, in continuing coverage, on the letter sent by the attorneys general (AG) from 14 states to Congress calling for an investigation into the herbal supplements industry. They cite safety and efficacy questions as the basis for their concern. The Capital … Continue reading

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Vietnam Veteran Files Class-Action Suit Against VA Over Delays

The New York Times reports that Conley Monk Jr., a Vietnam veteran, has filed a class-action suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs “seeking to force the department to expedite a growing backlog of benefits claims appeals, including his own.” Monk, “who … Continue reading

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