House Passes Food Safety Bill That Broadens Power of F.D.A. - NYTimes.com
After running a tortured and zig-zag course through Congress, a long-awaited food safety bill passed a final, clinching vote on Tuesday in the House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.
F.D.A. Orders Suicide Warnings for 2 Stop-Smoking Drugs - NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — Federal drug regulators warned Wednesday that patients taking two popular stop-smoking drugs should be watched closely for signs of serious mental illness, as reported suicides among the drugs’ users mount.
But officials emphasized that patients should not be scared away from taking the smoking-cessation medicines, Chantix, made by Pfizer, and Zyban, made by GlaxoSmithKline.
Panel Recommends Ban on 2 Popular Painkillers - NYTimes.com
A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.
Questions and Answers about FDA’s Initiative Against Contaminated Weight Loss Products
FDA has developed these questions and answers Q & A’s to help consumers, health care practitioners, and the general public understand FDA’s actions regarding weight loss products contaminated with various prescription drugs and chemicals. Many of these products are marketed as dietary supplements. Unfortunately, FDA cannot test and identify all weight loss products on the market that have potentially harmful contaminants in order to assure their safety. Enforcement actions and consumer advisories for unapproved products only cover a small fraction of the potentially hazardous weight loss products marketed to consumers on the internet and at some retail establishments.
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Johnson & Johnson recalls pain patches | APP.com | Asbury Park Press
New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson said it is voluntarily recalling two lots of skin patches containing the pain medicine fentanyl because of possible cuts in the reservoir containing the drug.
FDA to Hire Additional Scientists To Expand Drug Safety Operations - WSJ.com
A series of recalls of pharmaceutical and food products and revelations about the suppression of safety concerns within the agency over certain popular drugs have kept the FDA under scrutiny on Capitol Hill. The 1,300 hires will add to the agencys 10,000 employees and nearly triples the number of people hired by the FDA from 2005-2007.
About 700 of the additions will be funded by increased user fees levied on companies the FDA regulates. The surge is driven by the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 and the Import Safety Plan.