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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,…

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…

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…

Fourteen Dem Senators ask HHS for an explanation on Plan B

Fourteen Democratic Senators are asking Health and Human Services secretary Katheleen Sebelius why she overturned the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow emergency contraception to be sold over the counter. According to The Washington Post‘s The Plum Blog, female Senators Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Kirsten Gillilbrand, Maria Cantwell and…

U.S. mulls easier access to emergency contraception

WASHINGTON — US regulators are considering whether to grant a drug company’s request to make emergency contraception available over the counter to people of all ages instead of by prescription. Currently, the morning-after pill — which can reduce the chance of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex…

Federal medical marijuana patient: Cannabis worked a ‘miracle’ for me

LOS ANGELES — In 1988, Elvy Musikka (pictured, left) became the first woman in the United States to be legally permitted by the federal government to smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, due to a case of Glaucoma that threatened to render her blind. Armed with a mountain of paperwork, a…

Exelixis thyroid cancer drug meets late-stage goal

(Reuters) – Exelixis Inc said a late-stage trial of its experimental thyroid cancer drug met the main goal of improving survival of patients without disease progression, compared with a dummy drug. The drug cabozantinib significantly improved median progression-free survival (PFS) by 7.2 months compared with a placebo. The median PFS…

Ron Paul plans to ‘eventually’ end all federal student aid

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday that he would “eventually” end all federal aid to students. “As you well know, you have a lot of support among young people,” Gregory noted. “They’re borrowing to pay for college at record levels. Would you abolish all federal student…

Kansas firm recalls cantaloupe linked to Listeria outbreak

(Reuters) – A Kansas-based food processor recalled hundreds of pounds of fresh-cut cantaloupe on Friday because of possible Listeria contamination linked to melons from Colorado that were blamed for an outbreak that has killed eight people. Carol’s Cuts was recalling 594 pounds of cantaloupe packaged in 5-pound trays and as…

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