Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

1:46am

Fri January 11, 2013
Planet Money

Black Market Pharmacies And The Big Business Of Spam

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:35 am

Acne medicine, in Turkish.
Dave Keck

An apparent feud between two black market pharmacies has shed light on a shady global industry.

"Rx-Promotion and SpamIt probably are responsible for upward of 50 or 60 percent of spam that you and I got in our inboxes over the last five years," said Brian Krebs, a cyber-security reporter who chronicled the alleged feud on his website. "It's just a ridiculous amount of problems that these two guys cause for everybody."

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1:25pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball Will Test For Human Growth Hormone During Season

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 4:47 am

Major League baseball will begin random regular-season blood tests for human growth hormone, seen here in an injector pen holding about one week's worth of HGH doses at the clinic of Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University.
M. Spencer Green AP

Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include random blood tests for human growth hormone and other substances during the regular season, under the terms of an agreement with the players union that was first reported by

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10:26am

Thu January 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Wake-Up Call: FDA Pushes Drugmakers To Weaken Sleeping Pills

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 4:26 pm

Tim Boyle Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it was requiring companies that make Ambien and similar sleeping pills to sharply cut the doses of the drugs.

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9:02am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Salt

FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:10 pm

Farmworkers like these in California picking produce may soon be required by the FDA to take more precautions against spreading foodborne illness.
Heather Craig iStockphoto.com

UPDATED: 4:50 p.m. Looking for a little weekend reading? The Food and Drug Administration has just the thing. On Friday, the agency released two proposed rules designed to boost the safety of the nation's food supply, encompassing hundreds of pages.

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9:25am

Thu January 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Fire Risk Leads Praxair To Recall Grab 'n Go Oxygen Tanks

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 12:05 pm

When there's a cylinder of medical oxygen in the room, the last thing you want it to do is burst into flames.

So the Food and Drug Administration says Praxair has recalled its Grab 'n Go Vantage portable oxygen units. The product combines an aluminum cylinder with a regulator that releases the oxygen at the right pressure for medical use.

It's a handy combination, but only when the Grab 'n Go is working right.

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