U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Hudson Valley News
6:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

HV Congressman Urges FDA To Take Further Action On Narcan

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A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is co-leading a letter-sending effort to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action regarding a drug used to combat heroin overdoses.

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Hudson Valley News
9:28 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

NY Congresswoman Hails New FDA Standards For Gluten-Free Labels

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A New York congressional representative from the Hudson Valley visited a supermarket in Westchester today to announce new FDA standards for certain food-labeling.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey stood in front of the gluten-free section inside DeCicco’s Marketplace in northern Westchester County to announce the new Food and Drug Administration labeling guidelines.

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WAMC News
8:21 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Study: Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Inconsistent

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A new federal report has concluded that the authority to regulate pharmacies engaged in drug compounding is "unclear" and "inconsistent" at the state and federal levels.

The Government Accountability Office also found that federal circuit court decisions have given the Food and Drug Administration different oversight authority in different parts of the country.

Democratic U.S. Reps. John Tierney of Massachusetts and Elijah Cummings of Maryland requested the report in the wake of a fatal nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

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Science
11:12 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Philadelphia Chromosome

In The Philadelphia Chromosome, journalist Jessica Wapner tells the story of the breakthrough cancer drug Gleevec, which has saved the lives of thousands of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and other cancers since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2001.

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WAMC News
7:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

FDA: Genetically Engineered Fish Won't Harm Environment

Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal salmon is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption.

The Food and Drug Administration has released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency. The document concludes that the fish is unlikely to harm the environment, including natural salmon.

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WAMC News
8:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Group Calls on FDA to Re-Inspect Compounding Pharmacies

A government watchdog group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to re-inspect more than a dozen specialty pharmacies with prior records of violations, in light of a recent deadly outbreak tied to compounded drugs.

Contaminated pain injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy have been blamed for fungal meningitis that has killed 36 people and sickened more than 500, according to federal health officials.

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WAMC News
12:29 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Health Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation While Others Call for More Action

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The outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated drugs manufactured by a Massachusetts company has claimed the lives of at least 14 people. Now federal and state officials are investigating but groups are calling for more action. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum – Graphic Labels on Cigarette Packs : 4/10/12

A federal appeals court is considering the constitutionality of requiring large graphic photos on cigarette packs to show that smoking can harm or kill smokers. Today we want your take on the labels. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts along with WAMC’s Ray Graf.