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Did Pharmaceutical Firms Exploit Pancreas Problems to Increase Profits?

A sharp reduction in availability and a $350 million per year spike in the cost of a particular class of drugs begs the question of whether prescription drug companies increased their profits by jacking up prices in a created scarcity.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats

U.S. food safety officials are taking steps to prohibit the use of trans fats in foods, a move they say could prevent 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks each year.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Variety of Contamination the Spice of Life?

An analysis of spice imports to the U.S. found that about 12 percent of them are contaminated with “insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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As Salmonella Outbreak Unfolds, Most Federal Inspectors Are Idled

The tea party-driven government shutdown includes the vast majority of inspectors and other government officials charged with monitoring food-safety practices. Upton Sinclair, where are you when we need you?

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Ick in Your Shrimp

Seafood consumed in restaurants like Red Lobster is likely to be imported from foreign factory-style farms, where antibiotics, bacteria and carcinogenic drugs are found in products that often go uninspected by the Food and Drug Administration.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Study: Rice Contains ‘Worrisome’ Levels of Arsenic

The next time you want to enjoy a meal that includes rice—a steaming bowl of it perhaps, or some rice pasta or rice drink—think about this: A study by Consumer Reports says that eating rice once a day can increase the arsenic levels in your body by at least 44 percent.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Court Blocks Graphic Cigarette Warnings

In a rare victory for the tobacco industry, a U.S. appeals court has ruled against the Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that cigarette manufacturers adorn their products with pictures of dead and diseased smokers, saying the mandate constituted a violation of free speech.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: 7 FDA Whistle-Blowers

Doctors and scientists working for the Food and Drug Administration became targets of surveillance and some lost their jobs after blowing the whistle on the agency’s approval of medical devices that they believed were not safe for public use.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE


How the FDA Monitored Whistle-Blowing Scientists

Revelations that the FDA monitored its own scientists in the acts of disclosing alleged wrongdoing marks “the first time [that] we … have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistle-blowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments,” says attorney Stephen Kohn.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The FDA Surveils Its Employees

In an effort to protect its public image, the Food and Drug Administration secretly intercepted thousands of emails sent from disgruntled scientists working at the agency to members of Congress, journalists, labor officials and the White House.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE



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FDA Says No to BPA Ban

Public concern about the dangers of BPA, or bisphenol A, hasn’t translated into regulatory measures on the part of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency isn’t yet cracking down on the chemical, which turns up in a few commonly used products and even in receipts.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



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FDA Finds Lead in 400 Lipsticks

Here’s a startling, but perhaps not surprising, bit of news for those inclined to put colors on their kissers: The Food and Drug Administration ran some tests on hundreds of lipsticks and found that many made by popular brands such as L’Oreal, Cover Girl and Nars contained a very unsexy ingredient: lead.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Red Cross Fine Highlights Its Troubled History of Blood Services

A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration hit the American Red Cross with a nearly $10 million fine for safety violations, lax oversight and faulty testing of its blood services. The fine is just the latest of more than a dozen the Red Cross has racked up in the last decade.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Claims About Ubiquitous Germ Killer Debunked

For 37 years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has offered no official, scientific report on the safety of triclosan, a dubious anti-microbial agent found in everything from toys to toothpaste. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Big Tobacco Sues Over Graphic Labels

Tobacco giants, wary of the effect new government-mandated warnings may have on cigarette smokers, filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, claiming that the labels are unconstitutional. (more)

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Senate Votes to Beef Up the FDA

Here’s one form of big government that even some Republicans on Capitol Hill can apparently embrace: On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill designed to crack down on food regulation practices in the U.S. after recent batches of tainted foodstuffs were unleashed on the public.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE



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FDA: No More Caffeine Buzz in Alcoholic Drinks

Fans of Four Loko alcoholic “energy drinks” are about to discover that their favored concoction, which blends the downer that is alcohol with the upper that is caffeine, is about to lose that speedy sensation, thanks to the vigilant work of the FDA.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE


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