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FDA cracks down on unapproved cold, cough, allergy drugs

Federal health officials announced Wednesday that they were cracking down on certain prescription cold, cough and allergy products that had never been approved by regulators.

By Rob Stein  | March 2, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  FDA  
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FDA oversight of medical devices questioned

A new analysis is raising questions about how good a job the Food and Drug Administration is doing at protecting Americans from faulty medical devices.

By Rob Stein  | February 14, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FDA, Medical Technology, medical devices  
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On energy drinks, a voice of caution -- and reason

The thing I most appreciate about this JAMA editorial is its clear-headed presentation of information without an accompanying demand for government regulation. Its stance seems to be that the public (and the health professionals who advise the public) needs to be aware of the potential risks of energy drinks -- not that people shouldn't be allowed to enjoy energy drinks if they so choose. And there is, thankfully, no mention of an energy-drink tax.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, FDA, Family Health, Kids' health, Parenting, Pregnancy, Teens  
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FDA approves iPhone, iPad app for docs

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it had approved the first app that doctors can use to view medical images and make diagnoses using a iPhone or iPad.

By Rob Stein  | February 4, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FDA, Medical Technology, medical devices  
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FDA rejects another diet pill

The federal government has rejected yet another new weight-loss drug. The Food and Drug Administration notified Orexigen Therapeutics of San Diego that it would not authorize the sale of the drug Contrave, according to a statement released Tuesday by the company. The FDA "noted concern about the cardiovascular safety profile"...

By Rob Stein  | February 1, 2011; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FDA, Obesity  
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Breast implants linked to rare cancer, FDA says

Breast implants linked to rare lymphoma cancer, FDA says.

By Rob Stein  | January 26, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, FDA, Women's Health, medical devices  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Breast implants linked to rare lymphoma, Rob Stein , January 26, 2011
FDA limits painkillers, Rob Stein , January 13, 2011
Does "no trans fats" mean no trans fats?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 7, 2011
FDA to raise awareness of tainted supplements, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 16, 2010
Keeping caffeine from kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 9, 2010
FDA advisers endorse weight-loss drug, Rob Stein , December 7, 2010
Experts endorse obesity surgery , Rob Stein , December 3, 2010
Concerns about kids' medicines, Rob Stein , December 1, 2010
New embryonic stem cell experiment, Rob Stein , November 22, 2010
Schumer: FDA, FTC to act on caffeinated booze, Rob Stein , November 16, 2010
FDA: Defibrillators malfunctioning too often, Rob Stein , November 15, 2010
New cigarette warnings unveiled, Rob Stein , November 10, 2010
Is the FDA doing its job? , Rob Stein , November 3, 2010
FDA admits mistake with knee device, Rob Stein , October 14, 2010
Canada adds BPA to toxins list, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 13, 2010
Bone drugs may cause fractures, FDA warns, Rob Stein , October 13, 2010
Company drops effort to develop 'pink Viagra', Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 8, 2010
FDA issues warning on weight-loss drug, Rob Stein , October 8, 2010
FDA cracks down on mouthwash, Rob Stein , September 28, 2010
FDA investigates diabetes drug's safety, Rob Stein , September 17, 2010
 
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