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FDA spars with recalcitrant compounding pharmacy, again
By Wall Street Journal | July 23, 2014
For the third time in 15 months, the FDA is warning healthcare providers and consumers not to use drugs that were made by a Dallas compounder because the medicines may be contaminated. And the ongoing struggle between the agency and NuVision Pharmacy underscores the difficulties that beset the...
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Big data peeps at your medical records to find drug problems
By NPR | July 21, 2014
No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems—just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen...
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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers
By Associated Press | July 19, 2014
The sudden death of a healthy high school senior has ramped up attention on unregulated caffeine powder, leading federal health authorities to warn consumers to stay away from the substance.
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A dubious healthcare app raises FDA regulatory questions
By Darius Tahir | July 16, 2014
Industry website iMedicalApps has uncovered a medical app with a tenuous relationship to accuracy: One that purports to use the iPhone's camera lens to reveal a patient's blood pressure. Big deal, you might say—the App Store is full of dubious treatments in app form.
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Fed panel: laparoscopic fibroid removal may spread unseen cancer
By Associated Press | July 12, 2014
Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.
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Doctor quits uterine-device safety panel over conflict
By Wall Street Journal | July 11, 2014
A member of a panel advising the government on the safety of a medical device that can spread cancer in women stepped down after the Food and Drug Administration reviewed consulting fees he accepted from a device manufacturer, the agency said Thursday.
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Light touch regulatory scheme seems likely
By Joseph Conn | July 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare providers that heavily invested in health information technology, along with the developers of those systems, will likely feel only a light regulatory touch from federal agencies seeking to devise a framework for patient-safety oversight and monitoring of those systems, recent...
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Reports to FDA over laparoscopic devices spur inquiry
By Jaimy Lee | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of 17 adverse events regarding laparoscopic power morcellators and the resulting spread or upstaging of uterine sarcoma, which has prompted an advisory committee meeting this week to discuss how the devices are used.
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Critics worry health IT regulatory plan is already outdated
By Darius Tahir | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The long road toward creating a new health-information technology regulatory system passed another milestone at the stroke of midnight July 7, as comments closed for the administration's proposed new framework for overseeing the sector. The comments revealed some surprising positions on the issue,...
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Running VA may prove tough for McDonald
By Virgil Dickson | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Robert McDonald, newly nominated to become the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, will likely face little resistance to his confirmation, despite his limited military and government agency experience, veteran and political insiders say.
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