Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

9:11am

Fri August 2, 2013
The Salt

FDA Approves Gluten-Free Label

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:01 pm

The Food and Drug Administration issued Friday the first legally binding rules for what food companies can legally label "gluten-free."

The rules should help millions of Americans who can't tolerate gluten in their diet.

Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley and rye. Bakers appreciate its gluey texture for making bread. But when people with celiac disease eat it, it causes their immune systems to attack their small intestines.

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3:21pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Acetaminophen Can Cause Rare, Serious Skin Disorders, FDA Warns

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 11:55 am

Acetaminophen has been added to the list of over-the-counter painkillers that can cause rare but deadly skin reactions.
Paul Sancya AP

Taking acetaminophen causes rare but potentially deadly skin reactions in some people, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

The goal is not to scare people off Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based pain relievers, which are among the most popular medications in the United States, federal officials say.

Instead, they want people to be aware that these skin conditions can be a side effect of using acetaminophen, so that if they notice a rash or other skin reaction they can stop taking the drug and quickly get to a doctor.

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10:14am

Thu July 25, 2013
The Salt

The FDA Doesn't Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:51 pm

Free-range chickens feed in a pasture on an organic farm in Illinois.
Seth Perlman AP

Organic egg farmers are divided in their reaction to a new FDA proposal that's intended to reduce the risk of salmonella infection among free-roaming chickens. They even disagree about what the document, called "Guidance for Industry," actually requires.

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1:18pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Plan B To Hit Shelves, Protected From Generics

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:54 pm

The Plan B One-Step morning-after pill will now be available to women as young as 15 without a prescription, and will have another three years of protection from generic competition.
AP

As expected, the Food and Drug Administration has granted an additional three years of protection from generic competition to the makers of the most popular form of the emergency contraceptive pill,

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6:56am

Mon July 22, 2013
Health

Health Officials Worry As E-Cigarettes Enter Colorado

Lucas Smith, store manager at the e-cigarette store Rino Vapes in Denver restocks the display cases.
Manuel Martinez Colorado Public News

The arrival of electronic cigarettes has raised a red flag for health officials and others who worry the activity of “vaping” nicotine will hook young people into a new addiction that could last a lifetime.

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