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Your hand sanitiser isn’t as safe as you think

FDA bans 28 active ingredients in hand sanitizer

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E-cigarettes are causing seizures in young people

FDA says 35 cases have been reported so far

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Pakistani skin-whitening creams contain toxic mercury

Researchers have named the poisonous products in studies

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Cereals imported from the US might contain pesticide linked to cancer

Scientists in the US government have detected a pesticide linked to cancer in a variety of commonly consumed foods

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The drug regulatory authority is recalling heart medication that could cause cancer

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has stopped nine companies from producing and distributing a drug used to control blood pressure and prevent heart failure because it may cause cancer. The authority says the drug, valsartan, has chemicals that may cause cancer and has also recalled it from markets. The move comes after the United…

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FDA officer slaps elderly guard

Watch this video showing Deputy Director Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) slapping an elderly security guard who prevented the unruly officer from wrong parking.

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US regulators give limited approval to cholesterol drug

WASHINGTON: US regulators on Friday approved a new cholesterol drug called Praluent, made by Sanofi and Regeneron, for people with certain genetic risk factors for heart disease. The injectable drug is the first of its kind to gain approval on the US market, and offers an alternative to popular pill-based statins. However, the US Food…

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US experts urge approval of another new cholesterol drug

GAITHERSBURG: US experts urged regulators Wednesday to approve a second new anti-cholesterol drug, a day after recommending they bring to market the first in a new class of medications to lower the risk of heart attack. The advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration voted 11-4 that the benefits of Amgen's drug evolocumab…

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Suspected human hair in tablet cited in FDA's Ranbaxy import ban

NEW YORK: During a visit to a facility of leading Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd last year, U.S. inspectors found that a black fiber embedded in a tablet may have been a hair from an employee's arm, according to documents seen by Reuters.That and other quality concerns led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to…

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FDA warns 15 companies over fraudulent diabetes product claims

WASHINGTON: U.S. health regulators are cracking down on 15 companies for selling products they said falsely claim to cure or mitigate the symptoms of diabetes.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent letters last week to 10 domestic and five foreign companies, warning them that their products violate the law.A total of 20 products are covered…

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FDA approves Boehringer drug to treat advanced lung cancer

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a lung cancer drug made by Boehringer Ingelheim to treat patients who are suffering from late stage non-small cell lung cancer and whose tumors express a specific type of gene mutation.The drug, Gilotrif, was approved along with a companion diagnostic kit that can help determine if a…

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U.S. FDA approves new Baxter drug for hemophilia B

WASHINGTON: Patients with a form of the chronic blood disorder hemophilia will soon have a new therapy that not only treats episodes of excessive bleeding, but helps to prevent them.The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday granted U.S. marketing approval for Rixubis, a genetically engineered protein made by Baxter International Inc that represents the first…

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FDA shuts New Jersey bakery for sugar in “sugar free” treats

MONTCLAIR: Federal authorities shut down a New Jersey bakery after finding sugar in its “sugar free” goods and saturated fat in its “fat free” treats, said the Food and Drug Administration.Butterfly Bakery Inc., in Clifton, which advertised its products as “Made with 100% Love,” was shuttered on Wednesday after a federal judge approved a permanent…

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FDA staff say calcitonin salmon cancer risk appears plausible

WASHINGTON: Staff reviewers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a potential increased risk of cancer with drugs containing calcitonin salmon appears plausible.In briefing documents released on Friday, the reviewers said the risk raises concerns about the overall risk versus benefit of calcitonin products to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.Calcitonin products include Novartis…

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FDA OKs Roche drug for late-stage metastatic breast cancer

WASHINGTON: U.S. health regulators approved a new drug made by Roche Holding AG for some patients with late-stage metastatic breast cancer who fail to respond to other therapies.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had approved Kadcyla, also known as ado-trastuzumab emtansine, for patients whose cancer cells contain increased amounts of a…

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FDA approves first retinal implant for rare eye disease

NEW YORK: An artificial implant that performs some functions of the retina and helps restore sight to people blinded with a rare genetic disorder has won U.S. marketing approval, the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.The device, made by privately held Second Sight Medical Products Inc of Sylmar, California, consists of a special pair…

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FDA questions Novartis cystic fibrosis drug

WASHINGTON: U.S. drug reviewers questioned whether Novartis AG's inhaled antibiotic treatment truly helped cystic fibrosis patients breathe better, according to documents posted online by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.Staff from the FDA released their review of Novartis's tobramycin inhaled powder ahead of a vote next Wednesday by an advisory committee of outside…

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FDA warns Hershey over chocolate syrup labeling

WASHINGTON: Hershey Co made nutritional claims for its chocolate syrups that do not fall within regulatory guidelines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.In a warning letter to the company dated February 14 and made public on Tuesday, the FDA said Hershey's Syrup+Calcium and its Syrup Sugar Free with Vitamin & Mineral Fortification violate federal…

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