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FDA approves first new weight loss pill in decade

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the US market in more than a decade. Full story...
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With delay in sunscreen regulations, expert offers advice for sun lovers

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video Last year the FDA made new rules for sunscreen makers. But an extension on compliance means many sunscreens still boast protections that may not be enough. We checked with a dermatologist to find out what you should be looking for before soaking in some rays. Full story...
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FDA advisers recommend approving weight loss drug

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Advisers to government health regulators have recommended that that they approve sales of what would be the first new prescription weight-loss drug in the US in more than a decade, despite concerns over cardiac risks. Full story...
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FDA panel: Dissolvable tobacco could reduce risks

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel says dissolvable tobacco products could reduce health risks compared with smoking cigarettes but also have the potential to increase the number of tobacco users. Full story...
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Merck: FDA won't OK its combo cholesterol drug now

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Federal regulators have decided not to approve a new combination cholesterol drug made by Merck & Co., at least for now. Full story...
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Miracle diet pill? A safe drug is elusive

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The battle of the bulge has been a big, fat failure for US drugmakers. But that hasn't stopped them from trying. Full story...
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FDA to investigate safety of inhalable caffeine

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The Food and Drug Administration will launch a safety investigation of a new product that allows consumers to inhale caffeine through a lipstick-sized portable device, rather than drinking it. Full story...
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FDA warns of pill mix-up with Endo painkillers

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients about a potential mix-up between powerful prescription pain drugs and common over-the-counter medications like Excedrin and Gas-X made at a Novartis manufacturing plant. Full story...
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Consumer group questions review of breast implants

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Consumer safety advocates are questioning the Food and Drug Administration about incomplete and seemingly erroneous data used to support the safety of silicone breast implants in an agency review last year. Full story...
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HHS says no to over-the-counter morning-after pill

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The nation's health secretary says young teenagers cannot buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription - a surprise move overruling her own experts, who were preparing to let it be sold on drugstore shelves like condoms. Full story...
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FDA revisits safety of newer birth control drugs

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Federal regulators will take a closer look this week at the safety of newer birth control pills that were heavily promoted as having fewer side effects and the ability to clear up acne and other hormonal bothers. Full story...
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FDA revokes approval of Avastin for breast cancer

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video The Food and Drug Administration has declared the blockbuster drug Avastin should no longer be used in breast cancer patients because there's no proof it extends their lives - and it is causing dangerous side effects. Full story...
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FDA plans $600M anti-smoking campaigns

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The Food and Drug Administration is planning to spend $600 million over five years to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use. Full story...
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FDA cites dirty equipment in cantaloupe outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration says the deadly listeria outbreak in cantaloupe was probably caused by pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean packing equipment at a Colorado farm. Full story...
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Company recalls canteloupes sold in several states, including NC

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North Carolina is one of 17 states where a Colorado company has recalled cantaloupes because of the potential of Listeria contamination. Full story...
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