A doctor assesses a new FDA panel recommendation for a ban on such popular painkillers as Vicodin, Percocet and other drugs containing acetaminophen.
By PBS NewsHour
A Food and Drug Administration panel on Tuesday called for greater restrictions on the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen -- even recommending banning some medications that contain it -- in a bid to prevent potentially harmful overdoses.
In other news, U.S. stocks fell after an unexpected decline in consumer confidence, and the F.D.A. may seek to ban certain common painkillers.
In other news, a series of attacks in and around Baghdad on Monday killed at least 33 people, and the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is planning to announce new rules of engagement aimed at reducing the…
The Labor Department reported another increase in new jobless claim benefits, and the House voted to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products for the first time.
In a severe blow to the drug industry, the Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday limits to lawsuits against drug makers. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal explains the implications of the ruling.
Federal investigators uncovered new details this week about conditions at a Georgia food factory that produced salmonella-tainted peanut products, which have killed eight and sickened hundreds more. Elizabeth Weise of USA Today updates the story.
Health officials are examining a salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter that has sickened nearly 500 people across 43 states and caused more than 100 product recalls. Betty Ann Bowser reports.
By PBS NewsHour
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reiterated its position in a hearing this week that the chemical bisphenol A, used in many plastic household products, is safe in low levels.
Concerns over salmonella contamination have led the FDA to issue nationwide health warnings for tomatoes. This in turn has led to many vendors recalling or prohibiting the use of tomatoes in their products. A food safety journalist discusses the tomato…
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