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FDA warns of severe joint pain with certain diabetes drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A class of Type 2 diabetes drugs called DPP-4 inhibitors may cause severe and disabling joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The FDA warned that sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin and alogliptin were linked to 33 cases of severe joint pain from October 2006, […]

August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

FDA issues warnings to ‘natural’ tobacco makers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters Thursday to tobacco makers ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. for labels claiming their cigarettes are “additive-free” or “natural.”

The manufacturers must receive FDA approval to legally sell […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The too-sweet truth: FDA proposes daily value measures on added sugars

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed Friday that a “percent daily value” for added sugars be part of nutrition labels on packaged foods providing consumers more information about how added sugar fits into their daily diets.

The information would be similar to what Americans have […]

July 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |2 Comments

FDA tells food makers to phase out trans fats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued a ruling that effectively bans trans fats from the nation’s food supply, transforming processed foods in America.

The FDA’s final ruling revokes the “generally recognized as safe” classification for partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats in […]

June 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Clinical trial results could be made public

A proposal to open the results of clinical trials to the public is an encouraging move toward transparency, but the American Heart Association President cautions that how that information is shared and how patients and clinicians are protected from mistakes should be a key part of any change.

The Department […]

No decision yet by FDA about testosterone limits suggested by panel

Limitations on how testosterone is used and marketed remain under consideration at the Food and Drug Administration following a recent advisory panel recommendation.

The Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee made two recommendations to the agency at a joint meeting […]

While FDA considers e-cigarette regulation, states and cities continue to act

While the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate the sales, marketing and product quality of e-cigarettes, states and cities are moving forward with their own regulations to restrict e-cigarette exposure.

While the FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, relatively new e-cigarettes are still under […]

Closing the diversity gap in the medical field

For the fourth consecutive year, minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields can apply for 16 scholarships worth $2,500 to use toward tuition

The deadline to apply for the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund for 2015 scholarships is Dec. 31, 2014. The scholarships are provided through a partnership […]

Congressional testimony: Laboratory-developed tests should be regulated closely

Laboratory-developed tests for an array of patient outcomes – from response to cancer treatments to predisposition to cardiovascular disease – should be regulated closely by the Food and Drug Administration, according to Congressional testimony on Tuesday.

“As our knowledge of the genetic underpinnings of cardiovascular disease expands, we anticipate there […]

AHA: E-cigarettes threaten to addict next generation of smokers; regulation, further study needed

While much is still unknown about the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use, according to the American Heart Association’s first policy statement on these products.

The American Heart Association – which […]