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 •  October 19

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has launched an investigation into California-based drugmaker Avanir Pharmaceuticals, the subject of a CNN report into its aggressive targeting of nursing home residents with a drug called Nuedexta that may be unnecessary or unsafe for this population. Feuer confirmed the investigation to CNN, saying that his...

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 •  October 11

(CNN)When her son was just 3-months-old, Elizabeth Guardino began to notice that he never responded when she smiled. Dangling a toy in front of his face, Christian did not follow it with his eyes. "He also started to stare at the sun wide-eyed," said Guardino of Patchogue, New York. "That also shook us quite a bit." These "triggers" sent her to get...

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 •  September 8

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration announced new labels for peanut-containing foods suitable for infants this week, noting that they may reduce the risk of developing an allergy. In a statement Thursday, Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency would allow updated labels on some peanut-containing foods in light of a recent study, as...

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 •  July 12

(CNN)An individually tailored cancer treatment was recommended for approval to the US Food and Drug Administration by an advisory committee on Wednesday, but concerns about its long-term safety remain. If approved by the FDA, the drug will be a new avenue for some leukemia patients whose first-line drugs have failed. A panel of experts voted to...

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 •  July 11

Until this point, the FDA required manufacturers of only extended-release, or long-acting, painkillers to provide this type of education. However, this requirement is being extended to include manufacturers of immediate-release, or short-acting, opioids. The FDA's blueprint for training will also be updated, Gottlieb said, to include not only how...

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 •  June 8

Buprenorphine is a opioid used as an alternative to methadone to help addicts recovering from heroin use. Buprenorphine is different from other opioids because it's a "partial opioid agonist," which means that when taken in proper prescribed doses, it should produce less euphoria and physical dependence, and therefore a lower potential for misuse....

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 •  May 17

(CNN)Harm reduction is a strategy for treating addiction that begins with acceptance. A friendlier, less disciplined sister of abstinence, this philosophy aims to reduce the overall level of drug use among people who are unable or simply unwilling to stop. What should naturally follow is a decrease in the many negative consequences of drug...

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 •  May 9

(CNN)Patients might think the US Food and Drug Administration's stamp of approval means that a product is the last word on safety, but about a third of the drugs the FDA approved between 2001 and 2010 were involved in some kind of safety event after reaching the market, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical...

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 •  May 6

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new drug for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in more than two decades. The FDA announced Friday that Radicava, also known as edaravone, has been approved for use in the United States. The only other drug specifically for the treatment of ALS is riluzole, which...

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 •  May 2

Manila, Philippines (CNN)Police in the Philippines defended the country's ongoing and deadly war on drugs Tuesday as they accused the international media of overstating death tolls. In an elaborately planned, three-hour forum in an upscale Manila hotel, officials said 2,679 suspected drug users and dealers died during legitimate police operations...