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New Painkiller Zohydro Stokes Concerns In N.H.

Apr 23, 2014
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The FDA has approved this drug, but across New England there’s worry that the drug will only add fuel to the fire of the region’s opiate addiction problem. Lawmakers, governors, health care leaders, are all weighing in with different ideas about how to avoid abuse and yet still help those patients in pain.

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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is reaching out to the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to help a Hudson girl with a rare form of brain cancer.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Representative Annie Kuster have issued a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration about proposed food safety rules. The New Hampshire lawmakers are concerned about unintended consequences resulting from the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act. 

Along with three other lawmakers from CT, NY and MO, Shaheen and Kuster led a bipartisan group of 75 legislators in requesting that the FDA engage further with the public before implementing two new food safety rules.

FDA Releases Standards For 'Gluten Free' Label

Aug 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has released the first set of national standards defining what makes food “gluten free.”  Gluten is a protein that naturally occurs in grains like rye, barley, and wheat.  Besides not using these grains, the new FDA regulations only allow foods with trace amounts of gluten to use the designation.

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Want to look ten years younger in ten weeks?  Good luck. Hundreds of skin-care products make bold, supposedly measurable claims to heighten hopes and defy age.  Now, the FDA is paying more attention about what goes into anti-wrinkle creams, and what consumers are actually getting out of them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it is calling on the nation's pork, beef, and poultry producers to reduce their use of antibiotics. But some watchdog groups say this voluntary guidance doesn't go nearly far enough.

The issue has been contentious for decades. Just last month, a federal judge ruled that the FDA had to go ahead with a plan it proposed in 1977 that would ban the use of some antibiotics as a growth promoter in animals.

A nonprofit foundation set up to support scientific research of interest to the Food and Drug Administration is finally starting to take off after years of struggling financially — and it's about to get some long-promised funding from the FDA.

But some critics worry that this foundation, which will also raise money from private sources including industry, could provide a way for the food and medical industries to sway FDA decisions.

When Susy Mansfield needed a hip replacement in 2009, her orthopedic surgeon chose a relatively new and untested kind of artificial hip made entirely of metal.

"He said, 'You're young. Metal is good for younger people. It's going to last a lot longer,' " says Mansfield, who was 57 at the time.