Health and Safety

Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages "Unsafe"

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to companies that market malt alcohol beverages with added caffeine that the combination of caffeine and alcohol is “unsafe,” and that the government may take further action…possibly including seizure of their products. The targeted products include: Core High Gravity HG Core High Gravity HG …

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FDA Wants Your Opinion on New Cigarette Warnings

You have the opportunity to shape the way cigarette packaging will look after September 12, 2012. By that date, all cigarette packages and advertisements must carry stronger warnings and color images. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put together samples of proposed warnings and images, and they want the public to weigh-in on …

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Federal Prosecutors Charge Former GSK Lawyer with Obstruction

Pharmaceutical medications have changed the world. Think about it: Less than 100 years ago, people regularly died of  pneumonia because antibiotics weren’t available as a treatment. But what happens when drug companies decide that they are willing to push profits ahead of patient safety? Well, Lauren Stevens of Durham, North Carolina, just discovered at least …

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Possible Fracture Risk with Osteoporosis Drugs

For the past few years there has been a push by pharmaceutical companies to get women to take drugs to counteract the effects of osteoporosis. It sounds like a good idea–osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become more brittle, and are therefore more likely to fracture. Preventing fractures is a good thing, right? Sure. …

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Obesity Drug Meridia Withdrawn from Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Abbott Laboratories has agreed to voluntarily withdraw its obesity drug Meridia (sibutramine) because scientific research has shown that the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to John Jenkins, MD, director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA’s Center for …

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