Tag: Food and Drug Administration

Several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors, perhaps thwarting therapy

Drosophila intestines provide ‘ready-made stem cell microenvironments’ that are ‘difficult-to-impossible’ to create in petri dishes, offering an unconventional screen that allows researchers to test drugs in vivo. Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst                                          Using a new approach to systematically test chemotherapy drugs in an unusual animal model, […]

FDA fails to withdraw unproven blood pressure drug that has been on the market for 18 years in spite of the manufacturer’s failure to submit evidence that it actually helps patients

Public release date: 16-Aug-2010 – HRR: UPDATE As of 15 FEB 2014 ProAmatine or generic versions are still on the market being prescribed – According to the GAO, the FDA has never once pulled a drug off the market due to missing or unimpressive follow-up data – company has […]

Investigation into safety of new diabetes drugs — will manufacturers release their data?

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-207-383-6529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Joint BMJ/Channel 4 Dispatches investigation The BMJ and Channel 4 Dispatches investigated and found that evidence suggesting potential harm from the drugs in industry studies has not been published. Some independent studies challenge the conclusions of the drugs manufacturers’ own […]

FDA – 2012 law now in effect which lifts conflict of interest restrictions on FDA advisory panels

Contact: Kathy Fackelmann kfackelmann@gwu.edu 202-994-8354 George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Conflict-of-interest restrictions needed to ensure strong FDA review Panel members with ties to industry might lead to approval of unsafe drugs, new analysis suggests WASHINGTON, DC—A 2012 law that loosened conflict-of-interest restrictions for […]

Troubling levels of toxic metals found in lipstick

Contact: Sarah Yang scyang@berkeley.edu 510-643-7741 University of California – Berkeley Berkeley — A new analysis of the contents of lipstick and lip gloss may cause you to pause before puckering. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses […]

The real cancer killer: rip-off prices for drugs

Doctors say industry ‘profiteering’ threatens lives Jeremy Laurance Sunday, 28 April 2013 An influential group of cancer experts has warned that the high prices charged by pharmaceutical companies for cancer drugs are effectively condemning patients to death. The group of more than 100 leading cancer physicians from around […]

FDA redactions policy violates Freedom of Information Act / Conceals Drug and Medical device dangers form the public

Open gov’t groups: FDA redactions rules skirt law Transparency groups: Long-standing FDA redactions policy violates Freedom of Information Act By Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Associated Press – 22 hrs ago   WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal policy that allows the Food and Drug Administration to withhold key details […]