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Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

FDA Reviewing Approval For 3-Person Embryo Fertilization

Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children.

02/24/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are blasting the Food and Drug Administration for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.

In a report published Tuesday, House Republicans say the FDA's computer surveillance may have overstepped federal laws designed to protect government whistleblowers. Using software that took rapid fire screen shots of employees' computers, the FDA picked up emails from the five whistleblowers to members of Congress. Such communications are protected under federal law.

House Democrats defended the surveillance at a hearing Tuesday morning, pointing to the findings of the inspector general that oversees the FDA. In a report released ahead of the hearing, the inspector concludes that the surveillance was "reasonable" because the employees were leaking confidential information to the press. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

FDA Seeks More Info On Drug That Boosts Female Sexual Desire

A drugmaker working to develop a pill to boost sexual desire in women says regulators are demanding more studies on the experimental drug.

02/11/2014

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FDA Wants More Studies On Potential Equivalent To Female Viagra

A drugmaker working to develop a pill to boost sexual desire in women says regulators are demanding more studies on the experimental drug.

02/11/2014

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FDA Takes Another Look at Caramel Coloring in Soda

The Food and Drug Administration says there’s no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure.

01/23/2014

The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

FDA OKs Mental Disability Blood Test For Infants

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help diagnose mental disabilities in babies by analyzing their genetic code.

01/17/2014

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FDA Warns Of Dangers In Over-The-Counter Use Of Laxatives

A new warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urges Americans to be cautious when using over-the-counter laxatives.

01/10/2014

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FDA Says Star Scientific Illegally Marketing Products

The Virginia dietary supplement maker central to a gift scandal involving Gov. Bob McDonnell is illegally marketing two products.

12/31/2013

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FDA: Antibacterial Soap Makers Must Prove Safety Of Products

On Monday, officials with the Food and Drug Administration proposed a rule that would require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps to prove that their products are safe to use on a daily basis over an extended period of time.

12/16/2013

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Co-Owner of Va. Drug Firm Admits Illegal Imports

The co-owner of a now-defunct Virginia drug company has pleaded guilty to illegally importing Botox and other prescription drugs and selling them to physicians in violation of the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory scheme.

12/02/2013

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FDA Warns of Heart Risks from Stress-Test Drugs

Wednesday the FDA warned that heart attacks may be triggered by two specific injectable drugs, Lexiscan and Adenoscan, which are both manufactured by Astellas Pharma US. The side effect is rare, but is serious.

11/21/2013

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