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FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 18, 2014 8:45 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronic device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen. Known as laparoscopic power morcellation, the technique is widely used to treat painful fibroids, either by removing the noncancerous growths themselves or the entire uterus.

EMA Reports Vials of Falsified Herceptin Identified

April 16, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been informed that vials of the cancer medicine...

Facility Concerns Kill Lilly-Boehringer Diabetes Drug

March 5, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Boehringer-Ingelheim said  that the Food and Drug Administration didn't...

Meet – “That Guy”

December 18, 2013 3:55 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m the guy who looks down his nose at every new health trend and scoffs at those who embark on...

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FDA Warns of Dangerous Erections from ADHD Drugs

December 17, 2013 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that a stimulant used in treatments for the childhood condition attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder can trigger painful, long-lasting erections in rare cases.       

FDA Takes Significant Steps to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

December 11, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.

Class Action Suit Filed Against ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

November 22, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This class action seeks to recover damages against the Company and certain of its officers and directors as a result of alleged violations of the federal securities laws.                                       

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Baby Illnesses Linked To Skipping Routine Shots

November 15, 2013 9:39 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are reporting four Tennessee cases of a rare infant illness that have been linked to parents refusing a routine Vitamin K shot for newborns.                                       

Doctors Urge Wider Use Of Cholesterol Drugs

November 15, 2013 9:33 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

For decades, if you asked your doctor what your odds were of suffering a heart attack, the answer would turn on a number: your cholesterol level. Now the nation's first new heart disease prevention guidelines in a decade take a very different approach...

Another Study Bullish On Novartis Blood Pressure Drug

October 31, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

The Shiga University of Medical Science has become the third Japanese institution to conclude that a clinical study report on Novartis Pharma K.K.'s Diovan blood pressure-lowering drug contained doubtful data and was inappropriate, largely because a Novartis employee participated in the study.

FDA Wants Limits On Most Prescribed Painkillers

October 25, 2013 8:27 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The FDA is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.

FDA Seeks Pet Owner Help on Dangerous Jerky Treats

October 23, 2013 8:45 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is appealing to dog and cat owners for information as it struggles to solve a mysterious outbreak of illness and deaths among pets that ate jerky treats. In a notice to consumers and veterinarians published Tuesday, the agency said it has linked illnesses from jerky pet treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. About 580 of those pets have died.

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FDA Strengthens Warnings for Arzerra and Rituxan

September 26, 2013 8:41 am | News | Comments

The FDA has approved changes to the prescribing information of the immune-suppressing and anti-cancer drugs Arzerra (ofatumumab) and Rituxan (rituximab) to add new Boxed Warning information about the risk of reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

FDA Orders Starker Warnings on Opioid Painkillers

September 10, 2013 2:01 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring stronger warning labels on prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, in the government's latest attempt to reduce overdose deaths caused by the long-acting medications.    

FDA Warns Pregnant Women of Migraine Drug Risk

May 7, 2013 8:17 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators are warning doctors and women of child-bearing age that half-a-dozen medications used to treat migraine headaches can decrease children's intelligence if taken while their mothers are pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that the drugs, including Depakote and Depacon, should never be taken by pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches.

Health and Human Services Budget to Get a 5.4% Increase in Obama's 2014 budget

April 10, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2014 that aims to slash the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, raise taxes on the wealthy and trim popular benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare. The numbers do not reflect automatic annual spending cuts of 5 percent for domestic agencies and 8 percent for defense.

Official: Obama to Announce Brain Mapping Project

April 2, 2013 8:10 am | by NEDRA PICKLER,Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing a new investment into research to map the human brain in hopes of unlocking some of its mysteries, a senior administration official says. The president planned to propose a $100 million investment for next year during an announcement at the White House Tuesday morning, the official said.

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Panel Questions Value of Calcium, Vitamin D Pills

February 27, 2013 8:01 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Popping calcium and vitamin D pills in hopes of strong bones? Healthy older women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements, say new recommendations from a government advisory group. Both nutrients are crucial for healthy bones and specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good diet.

Dynavax Tumbles as FDA Asks for More Heplisav Data

February 25, 2013 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Dynavax Technologies Corp. fell by more than a third after the company said the Food and Drug Administration won't approve its hepatitis B vaccine Heplisav unless Dynavax provides more information showing the drug is safe. Dynavax said the FDA is concerned about the possibility of "rare autoimmune events" in patients. 

FDA Issues Warning for Over-The-Counter Diarrhea Drug

September 19, 2012 4:16 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FDA is warning consumers not to use an over-the-counter drug called Intestinomicina because the anti-diarrhea treatment contains a drug linked to life-threatening injuries.  

FDA Says Muscle, Joint Pain Creams Can Cause Burns

September 14, 2012 4:02 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FDA is warning consumers about rare chemical burns reported by people using popular pain relief products like Bengay, Icy Hot and Flexall.  

FDA Warns About Use of Codeine in Children

August 16, 2012 4:15 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration warned physicians and caregivers on Wednesday about the risks of giving the pain reliever codeine to children who have just had surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea.  

U.S. Needs To Expand Monitoring After Drug Approval

May 2, 2012 7:00 am | by Leah Ramsay, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions | News | Comments

Drugs approved by the FDA but later re-called, such as Avandia and Vioxx, were the impetus for an Institute of Medicine committee report recommending proactive steps to continue monitoring drugs' safety after initial approval and throughout their time on the market.

FDA Issues Warning Regarding Another Fake Counterfeit Cancer Medicine

April 4, 2012 4:25 am | News | Comments

The FDA is alerting healthcare professionals that another cancer drug, originating from a foreign source and purchased by U.S. medical practices, has been determined to be counterfeit.  

Forest, Almirall’s Aclidinium Recommended by FDA Panel

February 24, 2012 4:33 am | by Lianne Dane | News | Comments

An FDA panel on Thursday voted 12-2 that there is "substantial evidence to support approval of" Forest Laboratories and Almirall’s aclidinium to reduce complications stemming from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  

FDA Panel Recommends Chelsea Therapeutics' Northera

February 24, 2012 4:28 am | by Lianne Dane | News | Comments

An FDA panel on Thursday voted 7-4 to recommend approval of Chelsea Therapeutics’ Northera (droxidopa) for the treatment of symptomatic neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH) in patients with primary autonomic failure, dopamine beta hydroxylase deficiency or non-diabetic autonomic neuropathy.

Hepatitis C Deaths Up, Baby Boomers Most at Risk

February 20, 2012 12:17 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Deaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C are on the rise, and new data shows baby boomers especially should take heed — they are most at risk.

Company Fights Move to Ban Painkiller

November 17, 2011 9:17 am | by DONNA BRYSON - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A South African pharmaceutical manufacturer is fighting moves toward banning a painkiller that has been removed from the shelves in the U.S. and Europe because of fears it could harm the heart.

Antibiotic Use Tied to Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis

September 27, 2011 6:25 am | by Yahoo!Health | News | Comments

Study results published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggest that people who are prescribed a large number of antibiotics tend to have a higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Yahoo!Health reported.  

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