food and drug administration

"Plan B" Pill (file/credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

FDA Approves: Plan B To Be Dispensed Over The Counter; Critics Come Out Swinging

The FDA announced Tuesday it has approved making the Plan B morning-after pill available over the counter. But purchasers have to be at least 15 to buy it, and will have to provide proof of age at the cash register.

04/30/2013

The Plan B pill, also known as the "morning after" pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Judge Orders FDA To Remove Age Restrictions From ‘Morning After’ Pill

Young teenage girls may soon be able to get the so-called “morning after pill” without a doctor’s or a parent’s permission. A Brooklyn judge dealt the Obama administration a blow, saying age restrictions must go.

04/05/2013

FDA shuts down Butterfly Bakery in Clifton, N.J. for selling sugar-free muffins with 3 times the amount of sugar. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Clifton’s Butterfly Bakery Shut Down Over Misbranded Products

Federal investigators found a New Jersey bakery distributor’s so-called “sugar free” products are secretly loaded with sugar, which can be dangerous to many people.

03/15/2013

Bumble Bee Foods Issues Voluntary Recall On Specific Codes Of 5-Ounce Chunk White Albacore And Chunk Light Tuna Products Due To Loose Seals (credit: Flickr/FDA)

Partial Recall Of 2 Popular Brands Of Canned Tuna Issued

In both cases, issues with the seals on the cans could allow dangerous organisms in or lead to spoilage.

03/07/2013

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Campaign Under Way Against Unused Drugs In L.I. Water Supply

A Citizens Campaign for the Environment survey showed 51 percent of the 59 facilities it more than half of Suffolk County’s medical facilities are flushing their unused and expired medications down the toilet.

03/05/2013

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Too Much To Digest? FDA Mulls Changes To Sometimes-Confusing Nutrition Labels

From misleading serving sizes to confusing calorie counts, many think nutrition labels are due for an update.

01/23/2013

Supplements Containing DMAA (credit: CBS 2)

Lawmaker Wants ‘Risky’ Supplement Additive Pulled From Shelves

State Sen. Jeffrey Klein has called for the substance dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, to be banned from sports nutritional supplements. The stimulant is available in pill, powder and drink form at vitamin and health food stores like GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe.

01/17/2013

Ambien Bottle  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

FDA Requires Lower Doses For Ambien, Other Sleep Medications

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.

01/10/2013

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FDA: Numerous Medical Practices In N.Y, N.J. May Have Received Unsafe Botox

Federal regulators have warned more than 350 medical practices that Botox they may have received from a Canadian supplier is unapproved and could be counterfeit or unsafe.

12/24/2012

Provigil tablets. (Photo: MedHelp.org)

Seen At 11: Drug Provigil Called ‘Viagra For The Brain’

Need more energy? Want to improve your memory? Maybe achieve greater success at work? Now there’s a pill that may be able to do all this and more. But is it too good to be true?

11/29/2012

Recalled Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips (credit: fda.gov)

Pet Treat Distributed In NJ Stores Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Carolina Prime Pet, Inc., is voluntarily recalling 5-count packages of Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips after Salmonella was detected during testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

11/26/2012

5-Hour Energy logo

FDA Looking Into 13 Fatalities Possibly Linked To Popular 5-Hour Energy Drink

There are concerns about a popular dietary supplement. A 5-Hour Energy shot has been cited as a possible contributing factor in a series of deaths nationwide.

11/15/2012

Retracting syringes (file/photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

FDA: Other Drugs From New England Pharmacy May Be Linked To Meningitis Outbreak

The FDA learned of two heart transplant patients who got fungal infections after being given a third product from the company during surgery.

10/15/2012

Peanut Butter (credit: Clipart.com)

Peanut Butter Recall Expands To Include Raw And Roasted Peanuts

A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include raw and roasted peanuts.

10/15/2012

Mammogram (credit: Rye Radiology)

Great Strides Being Made With 3D Mammography In Rye Brook

There aren’t many of the new 3D digital mammography machines around yet, but Rye Radiology in Rye Brook has one.

10/09/2012

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