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October 3, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY and MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The British government on Wednesday banned the drug Halcion, the world's most widely prescribed sleeping pill. Halcion, and other medicines containing triazolam, have been associated with psychological side effects, particularly memory loss and depression, an announcement from the Department of Health said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | Alan Zarembo
Federal drug officials have issued a strong new warning about a controversial anti-malaria medication once routinely given to U.S. troops, some of whom say it damaged them permanently. The Food and Drug Administration ordered manufacturers of mefloquine hydrochloride to give the medicine a black box label, the agency's strongest warning, reserved for drugs with significant risks of serious side effects. The FDA said that some neurological and psychiatric side effects can last for months or years after a patient stops taking the drug.
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BUSINESS
February 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Biogen Inc. won U.S. approval to sell a treatment for psoriasis that lacks side effects of older drugs and could bring it $500 million in annual sales. Amevive, an injected medicine, won Food and Drug Administration clearance for patients with a form of the skin disease called moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis. The drug is expected to face competition from Amgen Inc.'s arthritis drug Enbrel, which is being studied as a psoriasis treatment.
SCIENCE
November 11, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II
In the first major change to cigarette packaging in a quarter-century, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would require graphic warning labels that cover half a package's front and rear and the top 20% of all cigarette ads. The labels will feature either drawings or photos illustrating graphically the dangers associated with smoking and will be accompanied by text stating that smoking is addictive or that it kills. The pictures feature such things as a diseased lung, a corpse and a man smoking a cigarette through a tracheotomy tube.
NEWS
June 4, 2000 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The suffering persisted for more than two years. Initially, there were four known victims. Then 21. Then 33. Finally, 63 confirmed fatalities. All the while, federal authorities watched, waited and hoped the deaths would stop. It was not until a disparate collection of physicians inside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration waged a remarkable revolt that the agency was forced to reverse course.
NEWS
June 10, 1998 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatalities ranged from the oldest man, an 80-year-old who collapsed suddenly in the middle of having sex, to the youngest, a 48-year-old, who experienced chest pains while having sex and later died in a hospital emergency room.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two controversial diet drugs were removed from the market Monday after new evidence linked them to potentially serious heart valve problems, effectively ending the commonly known fen-phen combination that had been popular among those seeking to shed pounds. The Food and Drug Administration requested the withdrawal of the drugs fenfluramine, sold as Pondimin, and dexfenfluramine, sold as Redux.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1991 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal Food and Drug Administration is warning that a supposed aphrodisiac distributed by a Sherman Oaks company is suspected of having caused the seizures that stopped the heart of a Virginia man. The capsules, which come in a box labeled "Spanish Fly Pills, Legendary Sex Exciter," are distributed by a company listed on the box as Pleasure Products. The address given is a post office box in Sherman Oaks.
NEWS
June 18, 1993 | RONALD OSTROW and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal Food and Drug Administration chief David A. Kessler said Thursday that investigators have found no evidence to support suggestions that syringes were placed in Pepsi cans as part of a nationwide tampering scheme. There have been dozens of reports from 23 states that needles have been found in Pepsi cans, and at least six people have been arrested for allegedly filing false claims.
NEWS
November 2, 2000 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the drug's first eight months on the market, five people who took it died. Several others underwent bowel surgeries--one had a colon removed. A total of 49 patients developed ischemic colitis, a potentially life-threatening complication. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration is now "reevaluating" the safety of Lotronex, a drug intended to treat women with a nonfatal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
In a historic shift in public health policy, Congress is poised to give the federal government sweeping new authority to regulate the manufacturing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The legislation, long resisted by the tobacco industry, could allow consumers to see for the first time what chemicals and other additives tobacco companies put in their products.
SCIENCE
February 7, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II and Mary Engel
Peanut Corp. of America, the company that produced the contaminated peanut butter now being widely recalled, lied to Food and Drug Administration investigators about shipping batches of the food known to be tainted with salmonella bacteria, the agency said Friday. The company had previously told the FDA that some lots of peanut butter had initially tested positive for the bacterium, then were retested and found to be negative before they were shipped.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2009 | Ben Meyerson
Members of a Senate panel rebuked federal health and food safety regulators Thursday for slow intervention in the nation's peanut-borne salmonella outbreak, demanding that officials find ways to cooperate when responsibility is split among different agencies. "All of this happened because of a failure -- the failure of our government to prevent unsafe food from entering the food chain," Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2009 | Dahleen Glanton
Federal officials acknowledged Friday that there were warnings about problems at the peanut plant linked to a national salmonella outbreak as early as last April when metal fragments were found in a shipment of chopped peanuts sent to Canada. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the shipment, described as "filthy and putrid," was rejected in Canada and returned to a Peanut Corp. of America facility in Blakely, Ga., where federal officials ordered that the entire shipment be destroyed.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2009 | Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that patients should not stop taking Vytorin or other cholesterol-lowering drugs, based on its just-completed review of a controversial study that hammered Vytorin sales. A statement issued by the regulatory agency said it was sticking to its original position that medicines that reduce bad cholesterol benefit patients at risk of heart attack, stroke or sudden death.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2008 | Noam N. Levey
Despite calls from the incoming Obama administration to bolster the embattled Food and Drug Administration, the agency is unlikely to see major reform soon as bigger problems with higher profiles once again shoulder aside food safety in the competition for resources.
NEWS
March 22, 2000 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the popular diabetes pill Rezulin--a drug that won "fast-track" government approval but was linked to scores of liver failures and deaths--will be withdrawn promptly from the U.S. market. Compared to alternative diabetes treatments, "continued use of Rezulin now poses an unacceptable risk to patients," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drug evaluation center.
NEWS
December 22, 1990 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trapped in the cross-fire between scientists, drug companies and certain AIDS activists, Dr. Ellen Cooper, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's top AIDS drug regulator, has requested a transfer to a less-pressured post within the agency. Cooper refused to comment on the move Friday, but friends, associates and an FDA spokesman confirmed her decision to step down. Many said her departure from her post as director of the FDA's Division of Anti-Viral Drug Products in Bethesda, Md.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2008 | Associated Press
Federal regulators set a safety threshold Friday for the industrial chemical melamine that is greater than the amount of contamination found so far in U.S.-made infant formula. Food and Drug Administration officials set a threshold of 1 part per million of melamine in formula, provided a related chemical isn't present. They insisted the formulas were safe. The setting of the standard comes days after FDA tests found traces of melamine in the infant formula of one major U.S.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2008 | David G. Savage, Savage is a Times staff writer.
The top staff regulators who oversaw the approval of new drugs in this country objected to the Bush administration's drive to shield drug makers from being sued, according to internal documents released Wednesday by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The regulators said the White House and top administration officials were operating under the "false assumption" that warning labels on new drugs were adequate and up-to-date.
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