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Addicts Find Ways Around 'Abuse-Deterrent' OxyContin

People find new ways to dissolve the pills—or turn to heroin, study says

(Newser) - When an "abuse-deterrent" version of OxyContin was introduced in 2010, the intent was clear: "to make OxyContin more difficult to solubilize or crush, thus discouraging abuse through injection and inhalation," the New England Journal of Medicine noted in 2012. Made with special binders, the revamped pills would... More »

17 Patients Sick After Getting 'Simulated' IV Fluids

FDA opens inquiry over saline mistake

(Newser) - One patient died and 17 others got sick after at least 40 patients were given unsterilized intravenous fluids instead of the sterile saline solution they should have received. Officials aren't sure the unsterilized solution caused the death, which was of a hospice patient, the FDA notes. The fluids that... More »

FDA Lifting Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

But there will still be restrictions

(Newser) - The FDA announced today that it will lift its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, the Los Angeles Times reports. Instead, men who have had sex with men will be allowed to donate blood one year after last having sexual contact with another man, the FDA... More »

FDA's New Calorie Rules Are a Bit of a Shock

They're more far-reaching than expected

(Newser) - Whether you're headed to Chili's or the movies, you'll soon be seeing a lot more calorie counts posted. The FDA is today announcing what a nutrition expert calls "one of the most important public health nutrition policies ever to be passed nationally," the New York ... More »

Shocking Students May Not Be OK With FDA

Massachusetts school alone in using controversial practice

(Newser) - On second thought, the FDA isn't so sure that painful electric shocks are a good way to keep unruly autistic people in line. For years the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, a Massachusetts school for people with intellectual disabilities, has been outfitting students prone to aggressive behavior or self harm... More »

Ebola Drug Given to Aid Workers Was Made by...

... a company in San Diego called Mapp Biopharmaceutical

(Newser) - Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the US government and the military. The workers, Nancy... More »

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a... More »

Combo Painkiller Designed to Be Tougher to Abuse

FDA approves opioid that won't cause euphoria when crushed

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new form of OxyContin that unites two unlikely bedfellows in an attempt to curb abuse, reports AP . The drug from Purdue Pharma is called Targiniq ER, and it combines oxycodone—the main painkilling ingredient in OxyContin, one that causes feelings of euphoria—with naloxene, which... More »

US Might Finally Improve Your Sunscreen

Congress pushing bill that would speed up FDA backlog on ingredients

(Newser) - The US is way behind other countries when it comes to sunscreen, thanks to a backlog at the FDA, reports Time . For more than a decade, key ingredients used all over the world have been held up in the US waiting for government approval. Even 2002 legislation aimed at speeding... More »

Illegal Smallpox Turns Up in Maryland Lab

It may have been there since the 1950s

(Newser) - Smallpox is a terrifying pathogen that by international agreement can be studied only at two labs in the world, one in the US and one in Russia. So it's just a wee bit disconcerting that another lab in Maryland just realized it's had some lying around, apparently for... More »

FDA: Acne Meds Can Cause Life-Threatening Reactions

Warning issued for over-the-counter products

(Newser) - In rare cases, common over-the-counter acne products can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions, the FDA warns. Reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, and collapse, and almost half of those who reported severe symptoms required hospitalization, reports USA Today . The agency says it has had only 131 cases of... More »

FDA's Murky Ruling Could Be Stinky News for Cheese

FDA decision could mean trouble for 65% of cheesemakers

(Newser) - Bad news, cheese lovers: The delicious snack's future is uncertain after a recent FDA decision. The FDA clarified last week that wooden racks, used by many cheesemakers to age their product, "cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized." That means cheesemakers who have been using such racks for... More »

FDA's Next Frontier: Hummus?

Hummus maker Sabra wants some standards, people

(Newser) - Sure, any idiot can throw chickpeas, tahini, and some other deliciousness in a food processor and call it "hummus." But Sabra, which Yahoo notes is owner of 65% of the burgeoning American market for hummus, wants the FDA to make sure that manufacturers are putting actual chickpeas and... More »

After 1K Dog Deaths, Petco Drops All Treats Made in China

3 humans also made ill by jerky treats

(Newser) - Exactly why certain pet jerky treats have been linked to 1,000 dog deaths—and a handful of human illnesses—remains a mystery. But the concern over the treats , in particular those made in China, is enough for Petco to take action, the company says in a statement. Now, the... More »

Luke, FDA Has OKed Your 'Skywalker' Arm

Deka Research prosthetic appears pretty promising

(Newser) - Good news for the next time you end up minus a limb while fighting your long-lost father who abandoned you for the dark side: A new prosthetic arm nicknamed the "Luke arm" is about to hit the market that will give recipients enough dexterity to handle eggs, nevermind lightsabers,... More »

Johnson & Johnson Halts Sales of Key Surgery Tools

FDA warns of cancer risk

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson is suspending worldwide sales of surgical tools known as power morcellators, of which it is the biggest maker. The halt stems from concerns that the devices, used in a common uterine surgery to remove fibroids, could in some cases spread cancer in the body, the Wall Street ... More »

FDA's E-Cigarette Rules Coming Today

But it could be a year or more before they're implemented

(Newser) - The FDA will today propose its new regulations for e-cigarettes, which up until now have seen basically no federal oversight. The new rules will also cover pipe tobacco and cigars, which have also gone unregulated until now. Highlights from the hundreds-of-pages-long blueprint, from the New York Times and the AP... More »

25 of 26 Drug Makers Will Curb Antibiotics in Animals

FDA's voluntary plan has gained major ground

(Newser) - The FDA's first attempt to limit antibiotic use in farm animals appears to be working: All but one of the 26 drug companies asked to curb the use of antibiotics in animals to promote growth have agreed to do so, though the plan is voluntary. The plan will see... More »

First Medical Device for Migraines Is Approved

FDA gives OK to headband that delivers electrical impulses

(Newser) - Migraine sufferers will soon be able to strap on a headband and try to zap away the pain through electrical impulses. It sounds a little futuristic, but the FDA has approved just a headband from Belgium's Cefaly, reports Reuters . It's the first medical device approved for the treatment... More »

FDA: Generic Morning-After Pills Available to All

Now generic alternatives can be sold over the counter to teenagers

(Newser) - Morning-after birth control just got cheaper and easier to buy, NPR reports. After a 10-year battle, the FDA published a letter saying that generic versions of the popular Plan B One-Step can be sold to customers without proof of age. That overruled an FDA decision in July granting Teva Pharmaceuticals... More »

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