Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

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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Indian Pharmaceutical Firm Recalls Cholesterol Medicine After Failing Impurities Testing

Fierce Pharma Manufacturing reports India’s Micro Labs has issued a recall for nearly 55,000 bottles of generic Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) after it failed “impurities testing.” The affected plant, which is in Goa, western India, is separate from the company’s plant in … Continue reading

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FDA Cracking Down on Anti-Aging Products Making Medical Claims

USA Today reported that anti-aging products purporting to “change the skin’s structure or function – by stimulating the production of skin-firming collagen” – are receiving heightened scrutiny from the FDA. Linda Katz, Director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said … Continue reading

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Medical Experts Say Patients Should Have Full, Easier Access to Their Medical Records

On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times reports that medical experts are advocating that patients be given “full and easier access to their medical information,” arguing that better-informed patients “are more likely to take better care of … Continue reading

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Physicians, Health Experts Advise Medical Apps Could Be Dangerous, Misleading

The New York Times “Well” blog reports on the fact that “physicians and federal regulators are sounding an alarm” in response to the growing number of fitness and medical apps, claiming “that programs claiming to diagnose or treat medical conditions may be … Continue reading

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ACS Study: Smoking’s US Health Toll Worse Than Estimated

The New York Times reports that a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine “adds at least five diseases and 60,000 deaths a year to the toll taken by tobacco in the United States.” The study’s research was paid … Continue reading

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FDA Orders Boxed Warning for Anemia Drug Linked to 79 Anaphylactic Reactions

Medscape reports that the FDA is mandating “stricter warnings and contraindications” for the anemia treatment Feraheme (ferumoxytol) because, even with current warnings, there “have been 79 anaphylactic reactions resulting in 18 deaths” documented in the agency’s Adverse Reporting System “since the … Continue reading

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