November 13, 2019

US: FDA warns against using young people’s blood to halt aging

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From Newsmax Taking a young person’s plasma and infusing it into an older person to ward off aging — a therapy that’s fascinated some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley — has no proven clinical benefit, the Food and Drug Administration said. The agency issued a safety alert on Tuesday about the infusion of […]

Are generic drugs as good as brand name drugs?

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From Newsmax Generics make up 80 percent of drug prescriptions filled in the United States and are a big cost savings for consumers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandates that they perform the same way and are as safe and effective as brand-name drugs. However, makers of generics don’t have to repeat the clinical […]

CARPHA/CRS and The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States/Pharmaceutical Procurement Service Form Partnership

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Monday, October 15, 2018 — The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States/Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECS/PPS) is announcing a new partnership with the Caribbean Public Health Agency/ Caribbean Regulatory System (CARPHA/CRS) that will require all anti-retroviral (ARVs) medicines to receive approval by the CRS in order to participate in the upcoming OECS/PPS ARV tender in June of 2019. […]

New OCD treatment approved

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From Newsmax A brain stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has received approval for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The FDA approved it as a treatment for major depression in 2008 and for treating pain associated with certain […]

A powerful drug derived from marijuana just got a major green light on its way to FDA approval

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By Erin Brodwin From Business Insider An experimental cannabis-derived drug has gotten a unanimous approval vote from a group of scientists convened by the Food and Drug Administration. The committee concluded that the drug, called Epidiolex, is safe and effective. That vote will play a key role in the FDA’s final approval decision, which is […]

How this savvy mom found a dangerous substance in her daughter’s makeup kit from Claire’s

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By Elise Solé From Yahoo News Retailer Claire’s is pulling more than a dozen makeup products, thanks to one conscientious mom who discovered asbestos in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit. Kristi Warner, 30, is an operations manager at Deaton Law Firm in Providence, R.I., whose firm represents clients diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of […]

Glaucoma treatment gets FDA OK

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From Newsmax Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its eyedrop, Rhopressa, as a treatment for glaucoma, two months ahead of the expected date. Glaucoma affects about 2.7 million people in the United States and is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Rhopressa helps lower the […]

US: FDA may look into medical marijuana health claims

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From Newsmax The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may start cracking down on claims that marijuana has health benefits that haven’t been proven, the agency’s commissioner said Tuesday. “I see people who are developing products who are making claims that marijuana has antitumor effects in the setting of cancer,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at […]

Officials: GMO mosquitoes aren’t ‘Drugs,’ need EPA oversight

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AP From WLRN U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say genetically modified mosquitoes are not “drugs” and should be regulated by environmental authorities. According to guidelines posted online Wednesday, federal officials have decided that mosquitoes engineered by the biotech firm Oxitec will be regulated from now on by the Environmental Protection Agency. The guidelines clarify […]

Peter Thiel funded unregulated human research in the Caribbean

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By Erin Schumaker From Huffington Post But the scientific process may stop him in his tracks. Tech billionaire and informal Donald Trump adviser Peter Thiel bankrolled a herpes vaccine trial in the Caribbean that not only flouted United States safety laws, but also potentially put human clinical trial participants at risk. Thiel invested $7 million […]