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FDA asks doctors to stop prescribing pain meds with high dose of acetaminophen

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videoThe FDA is asking doctors to stop prescribing pain medicine with high amounts of a popular medicine. When Vicodin or Percocet are not enough to ease pain after surgery, some people turn to Tylenol. But experts say if you're not careful, you may poison yourself. Full story...
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Asheville compounding pharmacy recalls products

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A compounding pharmacy in Asheville is recalling sterile products because of the possibility of contamination. The US Food and Drug Administration said the products being recalled include those in the form of an injectable drug or an eye drop. Full story...
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FDA warns pet owners of dangerous jerky treats

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The Food and Drug Administration is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets have had after eating jerky pet treats. Full story...
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Funding secured to continue WIC program in North Carolina

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North Carolina state government announced Thursday night it will resume issuing benefits to poor women and their children through a federally funded program, two days after announcing the US government shutdown would force their suspension. Full story...
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FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies

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The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes, ranging from bogus dietary supplements to prescription drugs sold online without a prescription. Full story...
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FDA: Menthol cigarettes pose public health risk

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videoA Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes. Full story...
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FDA investigates contaminated drug in Brunswick County

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Following reports of seven negative reactions, the federal Food and Drug Administration is investigating the production of an injectable steroid that shipped to several clinics in North Carolina, including one in Brunswick County. Full story...
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Local reaction to FDA's decision to change purchase age of Plan B One-Step

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videoThe Food and Drug Administration lowered the age a woman can purchase the morning after pill on Tuesday. Full story...
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HEALTHWATCH: FDA might tighten reins on Vicodin

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For the millions of patients across the nation who rely on Vicodin for relief from severe pain, the new rules could sharply restrict the number of pills they can get and drastically increase the number of doctor visits necessary to get them. Many patients who can now get a six-month supply would need to visit their doctors every 30 days to renew a prescription. Full story...
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FDA requires lower doses for sleep medications

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The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. Full story...
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FDA issues sweeping new food safety rules

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The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. Full story...
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Court denies rehearing on cigarette warnings

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A federal appeals court has denied the government's request to rehear a challenge to a requirement that tobacco companies put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. Full story...
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5 dead from rare meningitis, FDA warns against drug maker

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video An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis has spread to North Carolina. The fungal meningitis has been linked to contaminated steroid injections given for back pain. Full story...
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FDA says muscle, joint pain creams can cause burns

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about rare chemical burns reported by people using popular pain relief products like Bengay, Icy Hot and Flexall. Full story...
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FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS. Full story...
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