Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

All You Need to Know About Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an extremely common eye condition, affecting about one in every three Americans, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It’s also said to be one of the most misunderstood vision problems. Even the name is often confused, with … Continue reading

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Senators Gillibrand, Schumer Urge FDA to Pull Power Morcellators From Market

Modern Healthcare reports in continuing coverage that the two Democratic US senators from New York, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are asking the FDA to pull from the market laparoscopic morcellators “until regulators have further studied the technology’s potential to … Continue reading

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 27

The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On that day you can take medications to various locations for safe disposal. This is much better … Continue reading

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Court Rules FDA Can’t Use Report on Menthol Cigarettes

Bloomberg News reports a Federal judge has ordered FDA not to use an advisory board’s report on menthol cigarettes because some of the panel’s members “had conflicts of interest.” The article notes Lorillard Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. sued the … Continue reading

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Consumers Warned of Potential Contamination From Dallas Compounding Pharmacy

The Wall Street Journal reports the FDA has warned healthcare providers and consumers for the third time in over a year against ordering medications from NuVision Pharmacy, a Dallas-based compounding pharmacy, over concerns its products may be contaminated. The agency … Continue reading

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Tobacco Industry May Feel Pressed to Join E-Cigarette Flavor Race

On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times reports that flavors such as “Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue,” banned in 2009 in cigarettes, “look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer – … Continue reading

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Federal Law Over Compounding Pharmacies Draws Criticism

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported a new Federal law related to “drug compounding creates the same sort of regulatory ‘loophole’ that led to a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012,” citing the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy. Bob Stout, vice president of … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Settlement Over Alleged Deception in Hip Implant Marketing

Bloomberg News reports that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay Oregon $4 million to “resolve deceptive marketing claims over recalled metal-on-metal hip implants,” thereby marking the company’s “first accord with any governmental unit involving the devices.” The company has recalled … Continue reading

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Questions Raised Over Data Cited in Approval of Painkiller

The Wall Street Journal reports that some are questioning whether the FDA relied on inflated numbers of people suffering from chronic pain to justify its move to approve the opioid painkiller Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate). The piece notes that FDA chief Margaret Hamburg … Continue reading

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Dietary Supplement Recalled Over Presence of Cholesterol Medicine

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Doctor’s Best, which makes vitamin supplements, is “recalling more than 7,300 bottles of its ‘Best Red Yeast Rice’” product after FDA tests found it contained cholesterol-lowering medication lovastatin. The paper noted that the supplement, “marketed for heart … Continue reading

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