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2023

FDA Panel Says No to Experimental ALS Drug

FDA Panel Says No to Experimental ALS DrugTHURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) – An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday voted resoundingly against recommending a stem cell-based experimental treatment for ALS.Although the FDA isn't bound by the votes of its advisory panels, agency scientists have already penned a scathing review of the drug, called NuOwn.The application from Brainstorm, the company that developed the treatment, was “scientifically incomplete” and “grossly deficient,” FDA staff scientists wrote in the review. Meanwhile, the advisory panel voted 17-1 against the drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Only a panelist representing patients voted for the medication, while one adviser abstained from voting, the...

FDA Adds Warning to Ozempic Label About Risk for Blocked...

27 September 2023
FDA Adds Warning to Ozempic Label About Risk for Blocked IntestinesWEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Ozempic, a type 2 diabetes drug that has increasingly been used to help with weight loss, will now be labeled as having the potential to block intestines.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently made the label update for the drug made by Novo Nordisk, without directly citing Ozempic as the cause for this condition. "Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure," the label reads.The side effect, known by the medical term “ileus,” is also listed on labels for the weight-loss drug Wegovy, also made by Novo Nordisk, and in the diabetes medication Mounjaro, made by Eli Lilly, CBS...

Pfizer Restarts Production Plant in North Carolina...

26 September 2023
Pfizer Restarts Production Plant in North Carolina Following Tornado Damage in JulyTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) – A Pfizer plant that makes vital drugs, anesthesia and hospital supplies has restarted production after a 10-week shutdown.The plant, located in Rocky Mount, N.C., sustained severe tornado damage on July 19, when roofs were ripped off and medications tossed around. "This expedited restart is a proud achievement for the Rocky Mount team; however, it is only the first step toward full recovery for the plant, as Pfizer restarts production through a phased approach, with full production across the site’s three manufacturing suites anticipated by the end of 2023," the company said in a statement issued Monday."Production restart has been prioritized based on patient need and inventory levels. There are approximately 13 medicines in production on...

Ginger May Ease Inflammation of Autoimmune Diseases

25 September 2023
Ginger May Ease Inflammation of Autoimmune DiseasesMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Ginger supplements may help those with certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, control inflammation.New research has added evidence to support the impact of ginger on white blood cell function, particularly a type of cell called a neutrophil.The researchers were particularly interested in neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation, also called NETosis, and its role in controlling inflammation.When healthy people take ginger, the study found, their neutrophils are more resistant to NETosis.NETs are microscopic spider web-like structures. They propel inflammation and clotting, which contribute to many autoimmune diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.“There are a lot of diseases where neutrophils are...

Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

22 September 2023
Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking HazardFRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Kraft Heinz said it is recalling over 83,000 packs of its Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because of a packaging defect in the plastic that wraps the cheese slices.A temporary issue developed on one of the wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin strip of individual film to stay on the cheese slice after the wrapper is removed. Having this film on the cheese could be unpleasant, the company said, and may cause gagging or be a choking hazard, according to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.Kraft Heinz discovered the problem after getting several consumer complaints about it. This included six complaints of customers saying they choked or gagged on the product. Still, no injuries or...
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