Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

4:38pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Salt

A Puff Of Controversy Over Inhalable Caffeine

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 10:19 am

A woman holds an AeroShot inhalable caffeine device in Boston.
Charles Krupa AP

Since we introduced you to AeroShot, a product that delivers a blast of caffeine through an inhaler, a few months back, it seems a lot of folks — mostly around college campuses in New York and Boston — have tried the quick pick-me-up.

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2:53pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Diet Drug Qnexa Gets Thumbs-Up From FDA Panel

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 5:29 pm

A new weight-loss pill could be coming to the menu.
Luis Pedrosa iStockphoto.com

A key federal panel Wednesday recommended the Food and Drug Administration approve the first new weight-loss drug in more than a decade.

At the conclusion of a day-long hearing, the FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 20-2 to endorse a request from Vivus to approve the drug Qnexa. The same panel gave a thumbs-down to Qnexa in 2010.

Qnexa is a combination of two generic drugs that are already on the market:

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12:14pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Salt

FDA Says Brazil's Orange Juice Is Safe, But Still Illegal

Oranges for sale at a market in Rio de Janeirol.
Antonio Scorza AFP/Getty Images

If you happen to notice sometime later this year that you're suddenly paying a lot more for orange juice, you can blame America's food safety authorities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after several weeks of deliberation, has blocked imports of frozen, concentrated orange juice from Brazil, probably for the next 18 months or so, even though the agency says the juice is perfectly safe.

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9:10am

Tue February 21, 2012
The Salt

How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 3:19 pm

Many livestock groups say there's no evidence that antibiotics in livestock feed have caused a human health problem, but researchers beg to differ.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Researchers have nailed down something scientists, government officials and agribusiness proponents have argued about for years: whether antibiotics in livestock feed give rise to antibiotic-resistant germs that can threaten humans.

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12:59am

Fri February 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Weight-Loss Drugs Face High Hurdles At FDA

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 3:52 pm

The FDA hasn't approved a new weight-loss drug since 1999. In the meantime, Americans' waistlines have continued to grow.
M. Spencer Green AP

Tammy Wade knew she had to try something else to lose weight when she stepped on the scale and saw the number: 203 pounds.

Wade, 50, of McCalla, Ala., is only 5 feet 3 inches tall. She had tried everything. Nothing worked.

"I had problems with my feet and ankles, and they were saying I was borderline diabetic," Wade says. "I'm like, well, I gotta do something, you know. So, I needed, really did need to lose the weight."

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