October 31, 2013 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it was stepping up efforts to prevent and address prescription drug shortages, calling the shortfalls a significant public health threat. In addition to expanding early reporting requirements for drug manufacturers, the FDA said it was launching a smartphone app that would give consumers instant information on pharmaceutical shortages. "The complex issues of drug shortages continues to be a high priority for the FDA, and early notification is a critical tool that helps mitigate or prevent looming shortages," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
October 30, 2013 |
Better start stocking your cellar of the future now. As harvest reports are coming in for 2013 (it looks to be a good year here on the West Coast but not so good in Europe, due to poor weather), a report released by Morgan Stanley Research this week indicates that global wine supplies are falling short. And by that the researchers are not talking by a few thousand cases. In 2012, the shortfall was some 300 million cases. That's largely due to wine consumption growing in the United States -- and in China, which has quadrupled its consumption in the last five years.
October 30, 2013 |
It may not be as painful to the global economy as a shock to oil supplies, but it sure will feel that way to many: The world is facing a shortage of wine. Global production has dipped to its lowest level in over 40 years, largely after poor weather ravaged European vineyards, according to a report by Morgan Stanley released this week. “After adjusting for non-wine uses, demand for wine exceeded supply by 300 [million] cases in 2012, the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records,” the report said.
September 19, 2013 |
The unnamed president in "Haute Cuisine," an ode to traditional French cuisine and professional pride, summons a self-taught culinary expert from the provinces to be his personal chef at the Élysée Palace. "Give me the best of France," he tells her. Cue the truffles. Food porn is not the raison d'être of Christian Vincent's feature, but there's no shortage of loving close-ups of savories and sweets, and such phrases as "chanterelle fricassee" are uttered with profound regard. Hoo-hahs over oysters and homemade cream cheese are presented as momentous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - An effort to ease a shortage of primary-care doctors in some California communities by letting nurse practitioners operate more independently has flat-lined in the Legislature after a fierce lobbying battle. A bill by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) would have allowed nurse practitioners, who have more training than registered nurses, to practice without the direct supervision of a physician. The proposal failed in a committee Friday, under fire from the California Medical Assn., the powerful lobbying arm for the state's physicians.
August 1, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- Texas is running out of the drug used to execute prisoners in what has become the most active death penalty state in the country. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice released a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday confirming that the state's remaining supply of pentobarbital “will expire” in September. “The agency is exploring all options including alternate sources of pentobarbital or an alternate drug for use in the lethal injection process,” spokesman Jason Clark said in the statement.