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U.S. restricts some antibiotics in livestock

WASHINGTON — US health officials said Wednesday they will begin restricting the use of some antibiotics in cows, pigs and poultry due to concerns that infections in humans may be growing resistant to treatment. The order by the Food and Drug Administration applies to a common class of drugs known…

French breast implant maker warned as early as 2000

The US Food and Drug Administration warned a French maker of breast implants now feared to be at risk of rupture of “serious”quality control violations involving saline implants back in 2000. Following a May 2000 inspection of a factory in France operated byPoly Implant Prothese (PIP), the FDA sent a firm warning letterdated June 22, 2000, warning saline implants…

FDA approves human trials for HIV vaccine

In the battle to prevent HIV, the United States has officially turned to its northern neighbor for a possible solution. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that an HIV vaccine developed by Canadian scientists has been approved for human trials, according to the CBC. Researchers from the University of…

U.S. court enters fray over morning-after pill

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge heard arguments Tuesday about the government’s decision to deny over-the-counter access of emergency contraception to girls under 17, as part of a decade-long legal battle. Federal Judge Edward Korman heard from the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Reproductive Rights one week…

HHS keeps age restrictions for morning-after pill

WASHINGTON — US regulators rejected Wednesday a drug company’s request to make emergency contraception available over the counter to consumers of all ages instead of by prescription. US Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg sent a letter to reporters explaining she supports the move to allow the morning-after pill…

It’s Hard Out Here When Motherfuckers Don’t Recognize How Special You Are

Gregory Conko writes the worst sort of logical fallacy today: about how we can't make decisions for the common good because someone really special might suffer.  The FDA is decertifying Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer, largely because it has a few side effects: The agency is making this…

Groups sue U.S. over human antibiotics in farm feed

NEW YORK (AFP) – A coalition of consumer groups filed a federal lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration over the use of human antibiotics in animal feed, saying it creates dangerous superbugs. The suit alleges that the regulatory agency concluded in 1977 that the practice of feeding healthy…

US debate continues on salmon ‘Frankenfood’

US experts held a second day of hearings into whether to allow genetically modified salmon to become the first so-called “Frankenfood” animal to be served up on American dinner tables. The meeting, which tackled the thorny issue of labelling, came after a 14-member committee of independent experts consulted by the…

FDA begins considering genetically modified ‘frankenfish’ for US food supply

Fish or frankenfish? A Massachusetts company wants to market a genetically engineered version of Atlantic salmon, and regulators are weighing the request. If approval is given, it would be the first time the government allowed such modified animals to join the foods that go onto the nation’s dinner tables. Ron…

Bunnies!

Adorable bunnies speaking for an important cause. Tell the FDA to Act on Emergency Contraception from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo. Today, it’s been a year since the FDA was ordered to revisit its policy of requiring women to ask for OTC emergency contraception from a pharmacist, so they…

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