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Tests underway on drug that could ‘cure’ meth addiction

Scientists are testing a relatively common anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast for its potential to block the cravings of methamphetamine addicts, and the first round of results shows promise. The Huffington Post noted recently that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked more human trials after researchers at the University of…

USDA warns two drugs for men may have sexual side effects

Two Merck drugs for treating male baldness and enlarged prostate will now carry extended labels to add more possible sexual side effects, US regulators said. The changes involve Propecia and Proscar, both of which contain the active ingredient finasteride, after patients reported additional adverse effects that were not apparent at…

US discovers more counterfeit doses of the anti-cancer drug Avastin

Less than two months after counterfeit Avastin, a cancer drug made by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, was found on the US market, another fake version has turned up, health authorities said Wednesday. The injectable cancer medication, bevacizumab, is labeled by the name under which Avastin is approved in Turkey,…

Consumer Reports: Most medical implants never tested for safety

The majority of medical devices implanted into patients’ bodies have never been tested by the FDA, according to a stunning report from the consumer advocacy magazine Consumer Reports. The report stated that while tens of millions of Americans live with some form of medical implant in their body, few of…

Appeals court upholds graphic cigarette warning labels

The U.S. government’s efforts to place shockingly graphic warning labels on tobacco products was given a boost by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kentucky on Monday, which found that the labels are constitutional because they do not restrict tobacco companies’ free speech. The court’s ruling came after the…

Clamor for obesity pill may test FDA limits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. drug regulators may have a hard time stopping millions of overweight Americans from taking a new obesity drug that many are likely to view as a miracle pill for slimming waistlines, despite its safety risks. Regulators and doctors are hoping they can limit the pill, called…

FDA doctors, scientists claim illegal surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the private emails of staff doctors and scientists who alleged the agency was approving medical devices that posed a danger to patients, according to federal court documents. In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Washington, six…

U.S. detains orange juice imports over illegal fungicide

(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators detained three shipments of Brazilian orange juice and six from Canada that tested positive for the fungicide carbendazim, which is illegal in the United States. Two other Brazilian juice shipments tested positive for the fungicide, but the companies decided not to import the juice into…

Pot-based prescription drug could receive FDA approval

A British pharmaceutic firm is completing clinical trials of a drug derived directly from marijuana and hopes to receive approval to market it from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of 2013. The drug, which contains both THC and cannabidiol, has already been approved in Canada, New Zealand,…

FDA finds fungicide in orange juice imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fears that the U.S. might ban imports oforange juice from Brazil drove orange juice futures to an all-time high on Tuesday as health regulators began testing all incoming shipments for traces of an illegal fungicide called carbendazim. According to the Food and Drug Administration, a U.S. juice producer had detected low levels of carbendazim in orange juiceconcentrate…

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