: ' Food and Drug Administration'

FDA Approves New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an expensive new drug to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, even though the agency has not fully evaluated its safety and wants further testing.  A one [...]

FDA Under Fire for Meningitis Outbreak

As the death toll continues to rise in the nation’s fungal meningitis outbreak , the Food and Drug Administration is coming under fire for its handling of the public health crisis. The consumer group Public Citizen [...]

FDA: Recalled Peanut Butter Linked to Fast Moving Salmonella Outbreak

The grocery chain Trader Joe’s is voluntarily recalling peanut butter that may be linked to a “fast moving outbreak” of salmonella disease. At least 29 salmonella illnesses have been reported in 18 states. The Food and [...]

FDA Warns of Burns Caused by Topical Pain Relievers

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that there is a risk of rare but serious chemical burns caused by over-the-counter topical pain relievers. The warning covers several popular muscle and joint pain relievers, including Bengay, [...]

FDA Approves New Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Good news for the two and a half million Americans who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new, once-a-day tablet for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of [...]

PROP’s Petition: Why Opioid Labeling Changes Are Needed

By Pete Jackson, Guest Columnist Recently, several columns have appeared in American News Report expressing negative views toward a petition submitted to the FDA by doctors, researchers and public health officials, many of them associated with [...]

Drug Monitoring Database Significantly Reduced Inappropriate Prescriptions

A prescription drug monitoring program in Canada dramatically reduced the number of inappropriate prescriptions for opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study found that PharmaNet, [...]

Caught in the Crossfire: PROMPT vs. PROP

When a group of doctors, public health officials and members of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) submitted a petition to the FDA to restrict the approved uses of opioid medications, the shockwave that rocked the [...]

FDA Approves Stronger Dose of Exalgo

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a stronger 32 mg dose of Exalgo, an opioid painkiller used to treat patients with moderate to severe chronic pain who need continuous, around-the-clock analgesia. Extended release 32 mg [...]

High-Tech Patient Tracking: Smart Innovation or Invasion of Privacy?

Health care providers, insurers and regulators are increasingly turning to smart medication devices to track and treat patients with chronic pain. Two such devices have emerged recently that are on the cutting edge of the digital [...]