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CDC Says American Smoking Rate Drops To 17%

The Hill reports that the US smoking rate dropped to 17 percent in 2013, the lowest level ever and down from around 21 percent in 2005, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Tim McAfee, director … Continue reading

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FDA Releases New Guidance for Compounding Facilities

The Pharmacy Times reported that the FDA released “3 policy documents that assist companies that compound sterile drugs with registering as outsourcing facilities.” The scope of the documents are, “final guidance on registration of human drug compounding outsourcing facilities under section 503B … Continue reading

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Increased Number of Recalls Creates Logistical Issues for Hospitals Forced to Manually Recall

Modern Healthcare reported that as the number of medical-device recalls increases, “so has the complexity of the recalls,” which has raised “questions about safety and risks for hospitals that mostly still track and locate faulty products manually.” In 2012, “there were … Continue reading

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FDA Calls for Boxed Warnings for Power Morcellators

The Washington Post reports that the FDA has “strengthened its warnings…against the use of” laparoscopic power morcellators “to remove uterine growths in the vast majority of women” due to the risk “of spreading hidden cancers.” The agency said it will ask manufacturers … Continue reading

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FDA Responds to Criticism Over Decision to Approve Painkiller

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA is responding to growing criticism of its decision to green light opioid painkiller Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), pointing out that targeting just one medication amid rising use of opioids would be counterproductive. In a … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Against Tainted Weight Loss Supplements

The Hill reports that the FDA is “warning consumers to stay away from ‘miracle’ weight loss products” when aiming to meet their New Year’s resolutions. Regulators have “said they have found weight-loss products tainted with prescription drug ingredients such as sibutramine,” … Continue reading

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CDC Says Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke

HealthDay reports that the CDC said Wednesday that “close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke.” The statistics “come a day after the release of another agency report, … Continue reading

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Do We Really Get Wiser As We Get Older? A Trip Inside the Aging Brain

That’s an excellent question. Here are the opening paragraphs from a good article on the subject: There are lots of myths about our mind as we age. When you forget a word or a name, you’re having a ‘Senior Moment.’ … Continue reading

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FDA Delays Decision on Proposed Generic-Labeling Rule

The Wall Street Journal “Pharmalot” blog reports that the FDA has delayed finalizing a proposed rule that would allow generic drug makers to update safety warnings independently before receiving FDA permission; a right that is currently afforded only to brand-name drug makers. … Continue reading

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CDC: 22.9% of US High School Students Currently Using a Tobacco Product

Major newspapers, wire sources, Internet and consumer medical outlets cover the findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey revealing that 22.9 percent of high school students are currently using a tobacco product. The survey, published … Continue reading

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