Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Food and Drug Administration’

How America Got Hooked On A Deadly Drug

Friday, June 15th, 2018

By Fred Schulte
Kaiser Health News
Purdue Pharma left almost nothing to chance in its whirlwind marketing of its new painkiller OxyContin. From 1996 to 2002, Purdue pursued nearly every avenue in the drug supply and prescription sales chain — a strategy now cast as reckless and illegal in more than 1,500 federal civil lawsuits across the country.
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First Amendment claims seen as Rx for drug makers, headache for consumers

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Paul Raeburn
FairWarning
Off-label promotion has long been considered a serious white-collar crime. The FDA has fined drug companies billions of dollars for off-label violations. The aim: to prevent them from overstating the benefits and understating the risks of their products, a practice known as misbranding – and one that sometimes leads to patients getting drugs that prove harmful or even deadly.
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Scientists urge tighter scrutiny of germ-fighting chemicals

Friday, June 30th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
More than 200 scientists and public health advocates are urging regulators to take a closer look at the potential dangers of antimicrobial chemicals including triclosan, an additive that has been banned from hand soaps but remains an active ingredient in products ranging from building materials to Colgate’s Total toothpaste.
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Under Donald Trump, Florida’s premium cigar industry could escape job-killing FDA regulations

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
On the verge of being snuffed out by Obama administration regulators, Florida’s traditional and culturally distinct premium cigar industry has a chance at new life.
Late last week, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the incoming chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, met with President-elect Donald Trump and submitted a list of 232 items that could be repealed immediately after Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
“We must undo Obama’s harmful regulatory regime that has hurt hardworking Americans across the nation,” the group said in language akin to Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
One item in the report entitled “First 100 Days: Rules, Regulations and Executive Orders to Examine, Revoke and

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Mary Elizabeth Elliott: Pilot project to make medication disposal safer, more effective

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Prescription drug misuse has been identified as Florida’s “fastest-growing and deadliest public safety issue,” according to Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Prescription Drug Diversion and Abuse Roadmap. Prescription painkiller overdoses have more than tripled in the past two decades, killing more than 15,500 people in the United States in 2009 according to the CDC.
On Saturday, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals launch a pilot project in Hillsborough, Collier, and Seminole counties to aid in the safe and effective disposal of prescription medications.
Prescription drugs and other medicines that are no longer needed often remain in medicine cabinets or

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