Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

12:18pm

Wed July 3, 2013
The Salt

Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:10 pm

A fruit thought by some to be what Eve used to tempt Adam has been grown in the Middle East for centuries.
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Disease detectives have traced the continuing outbreak of hepatitis A that has so far sickened 136 people in the U.S. to a shipment of pomegranate seeds from the Anatolian region of Turkey.

As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered any new shipments from the company that shipped the suspect fruit, Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading, to be seized at American ports.

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10:19am

Fri June 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Bust Drug Websites Masquerading As Big-Name Chains

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 2:55 pm

Federal authorities seized a bunch of websites belonging to online pharmacies that were allegedly breaking the law.
FDA

If you're looking for a deal on prescription drugs or tired of standing in line at the drugstore counter, maybe you'd be inclined to try an online pharmacy.

Perhaps you'd feel better about that choice if the site carried the name of a well-known chain, say, www.walgreen-store.com or www.c-v-s-pharmacy.com.

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3:00pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Maine Once Again Allows Mail-Order Canadian Drugs To Cut Costs

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:03 am

They're back: Cheaper mail-order medications from Canada and other foreign lands.
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It's deja vu all over again in Maine.

For the first time in years, a state has acted to allow its citizens to purchase prescription drugs by mail from other countries. The idea is to take advantage of those nations' lower prices, which can be half the cost of those at American pharmacies.

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11:09am

Fri June 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B For All Ages, Ending Battle

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 2:23 pm

Protesters picket in front of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in New York City in 2006 for the removal of an age limit on the morning-after pill.
Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday evening approved over-the-counter sale, with no age restrictions, of Plan B One-Step. That's the morning-after pill whose status has been the subject of a dozen years of political wrangling and legal dispute.

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1:59pm

Mon June 17, 2013
The Two-Way

FTC Can Sue Firms In 'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals, Court Rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that the FTC can challenge arrangements between makers of generic drugs and makers of brand-name products such as AndroGel, seen here on a computer monitor screen.
Reed Saxon AP

When the maker of a brand-name drug pays a maker of generic drugs to not produce a lower-priced version of their product, the Federal Trade Commission can challenge the arrangement on antitrust grounds, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The ruling may end the era of what regulators call "pay-for-delay" deals.

The justices voted 5-3 to allow a case to go forward in which the FTC is challenging one of many such deals. Several companies are involved in the case, including Solvay Pharmaceuticals, maker of AndroGel, and generic-drug maker Actavis.

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