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FDA advisers recommend approving weight loss drug

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.

FDA panel: Dissolvable tobacco could reduce risks

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.

Merck: FDA won’t OK its combo cholesterol drug now

Federal regulators have decided not to approve a new combination cholesterol drug made by Merck & Co., at least for now.

Miracle diet pill? A safe drug is elusive

The battle of the bulge has been a big, fat failure for US drugmakers. But that hasn't stopped them from trying.

FDA to investigate safety of inhalable caffeine

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.

FDA warns of pill mix-up with Endo painkillers

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.

Consumer group questions review of breast implants

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.

HHS says no to over-the-counter morning-after pill

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.

FDA revisits safety of newer birth control drugs

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.

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