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June 30, 1991
A story on the July 11 solar eclipse in last Sunday's Mexico pages in Travel noted that a total eclipse can be viewed safely with the naked eye. To clarify, it is only during totality that this is safe, and the eclipse will never reach totality in Southern California. Viewing a partial eclipse with the naked eye or through unapproved filters is unsafe.
December 12, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON - An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light in the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA - but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found. The CIA paid Robert Levinson's family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined.
June 2, 1999
Your May 26 editorial, "Out-of-Control Pharmaceuticals," briefly mentions perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of prescription drug smuggling--the role of American drug manufacturers. It should be no surprise to anyone that American companies sell in foreign countries unapproved drugs that can't be sold in the U.S. In this way they differ little from manufacturers that sell guns and cigarettes (and maybe flammable pajamas) abroad. Greed and shortsightedness leave Americans pretty much helpless in dealing with the tragic fallout of such practices.
January 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK CITY, Utah -- About three years ago, Randy Moore, a struggling screenwriter living in Burbank, had an out-there idea: What if he took a tiny camera and, without asking permission, began shooting a narrative movie at Disney theme parks? Moore had been visiting Disney World in Orlando, Fla., with his now-estranged father since he was a child, and he'd also begun taking his two children, then 1 and 3, to Disneyland. He thought that juxtaposing the all-American iconography of Mickey Mouse with a dark scripted tale would be cinematic gold, or at least deeply weird.
May 3, 2010 | By Valerie Ulene, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nobody wants to be told that he or she has a medical problem that can't be treated, that there's no medication that will help. For most common ailments, that's rarely a problem; the trouble comes instead when it's time to choose a drug. Sometimes there are just too many choices. More than 30 drugs are regularly prescribed to control hypertension; more than 20 treat depression. High cholesterol? There are more than 15 medications from which to choose. Even treatment for erectile dysfunction is no longer limited to Viagra.
June 11, 1995
The UCI fertility clinic may well be accused of a lot of things, but I do not believe that solely using a drug not yet approved by the FDA should be considered a wrongdoing. Like all other fields in medicine, a physician is often forced to make a decision for the patient's benefits. If the patient's decision is arrived at after having been fully informed of an unapproved drug's risks and benefits, should a FDA stamp be the sole stumbling block on her path to bearing a child? There are many reasons other than efficacy and safety that get a drug held up at the FDA. However, there is little for the FDA bureaucracy to gain in hastening a drug's approval and much to lose should a drug turn out to be causing serious side effects.
February 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
A Canadian Internet site agreed Monday not to rebroadcast American TV programming to audiences in the United States without permission, settling a lawsuit filed by movie studios, TV networks, the NFL and the NBA. Toronto-based was sued in federal court in Pittsburgh last month for putting on its free Web site programs it intercepted from TV stations in New York and Canada.
July 27, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal regulators in Gaithersburg, Md., issued an unusually strong warning to stop eye doctors from using unapproved laser surgery machines to correct nearsightedness. The warning is the latest in a blitz of controversy over a popular laser surgery that promises better vision without glasses to many of the 60 million Americans who are nearsighted. The FDA has approved two lasers since last fall, made by Summit Technology and Visx, to help people see more clearly at a distance.
August 19, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Bayer, the second-biggest corn-seed producer in the U.S., detected trace amounts of an unapproved genetically engineered rice variety in commercial U.S. samples, posing a threat to a portion of rice exports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration concluded that there were "no human health, food safety or environmental concerns associated with the rice," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said.
February 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The military may require troops serving in the Persian Gulf to take unapproved drugs to protect against biological and germ warfare, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Harris dismissed a lawsuit that contended the troops should be warned about the risk of side effects, allowed to refuse the treatment and required to give their consent beforehand. He said the action by the Defense Department involves "strategic military decisions," not research on involuntary human subjects.
December 7, 2012 | David Lazarus
The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act makes it illegal to sell a prescription drug for any purpose other than what's listed on the label. Nevertheless, a divided federal appeals court this week tossed out the conviction of a former drug sales rep who was recorded pitching a doctor on other uses of a medicine approved by regulators solely to treat the sleep disorder narcolepsy. And here's the kicker: The court ruled that the sales rep had a free-speech right to promote the drug's unapproved uses.
February 24, 2012 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
The former schools chief in Beverly Hills was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail for misappropriating public funds. Jeffrey Hubbard, who was the school superintendent in Beverly Hills before being hired to run the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, was ordered to serve his sentence in the Los Angeles County Jail. Hubbard, 55, was convicted in January on two felony counts of misappropriation of public money while he was running the Beverly Hills Unified School District.
July 28, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A Southern California man who invented the cold treatment gel Zicam has agreed to plead guilty to marketing an unapproved drug that he claimed could prevent and treat flu. Charles B. Hensley of Redondo Beach was indicted in May on 12 felony charges related to sales of an influenza treatment product called Vira 38 without Food and Drug Administration approval. Hensley will plead guilty to one of those charges under an agreement with prosecutors. Free on $5,000 bond, Hensley is scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Aug. 8 to enter the guilty plea.
March 18, 2011 | By David Scheffer
On Thursday evening the United Nations Security Council hit the right target when it authorized a no-fly zone over Libya, as well as "all necessary measures" against loyalist forces of Moammar Kadafi. With the tide recently turning against the rebellion, the no-fly zone and airstrikes against advancing armor and troops are needed more than ever to protect millions of Libyan civilians and help deter the atrocities certain to follow any victory or further brutal attacks by Kadafi's soldiers and mercenaries.
March 2, 2011 | By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune
The Food and Drug Administration plans to remove some unapproved prescription cough, cold and allergy medicines now sitting on store shelves, the agency announced Wednesday. The products, which may be inappropriately labeled for use by infants and young children, could pose an unnecessary risk because they haven't been tested for safety and efficacy, the FDA said. Some may have risky ingredients, and others -- marketed as 'timed release' -- may release active ingredients too slowly, too quickly or inconsistently.
March 2, 2011 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ordered the makers of about 500 unapproved prescription cough and cold medicines to get them off the market because they have not been proven safe and effective. The drugs have been linked to a few relatively minor problems, such as drowsiness and irritability, but the FDA is concerned that medical problems associated them may be significantly underreported. "We have some specific safety concerns with some of them," Deb Autor, head of compliance in the FDA's drug office, said in a telephone news conference.
March 7, 1985 | Associated Press
Federal marshals have seized $2.4 million in unapproved medical preparations from the Florida warehouse of one of the nation's largest mail order health firms, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The FDA said that marshals raided the Fort Lauderdale warehouse of the Robertson-Taylor Co., seizing 114,778 bottles and jars of 24 different medical preparations that did not have FDA approval. The raid occurred on Feb.
October 12, 1990 | From Associated Press
MCI Communications Corp. offered the federal government a plan Thursday to thwart telemarketers who switch phone customers' long-distance service without their permission. This customer switching, known as slamming, has generated tens of thousands of complaints to state and federal telephone regulators, particularly in the wake of recent advertising wars among MCI, US Sprint and American Telephone & Telegraph Co.
February 25, 2011 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
As the Food and Drug Administration struggles to test new pharmaceuticals, monitor food safety and make sure problems are not developing with drugs already on the market, it's also trying to deal with a problem most people don't even know exists: about 2,000 prescription drugs that are being sold without the agency's blessing for safety and effectiveness. "We don't know what's in them. We don't know how they work. We don't know how they're made," said Michael Levy, director of the FDA's division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance.
October 30, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian
When CIA Director Leon Panetta gathered reporters recently to discuss mistakes that allowed a suicide bomber to kill seven personnel in Afghanistan, he didn't mention a separate disclosure the agency made that day: that it had sued a retired officer who wrote an unapproved memoir. To some CIA veterans, the developments are related in ways that do not reflect well on the agency. An internal investigation blamed the December attack by an Al Qaeda double agent on "systemic failures" in CIA training, management, information sharing and vetting of sources.
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