Salad Bar Romaine Lettuce Recalled Because of E.Coli Outbreak

Freshway Foods is recalling bagged romaine lettuce sold to wholesalers, food service outlets, and in-store salad bars and delis because of a possible link to illness caused by E.coli bacteria.  The recall is being supported by the FDA. Freshway does not produce prepackaged romaine or salad mixes sold to retail consumers in supermarkets.  These products are…  Read More

Tamper-Resistant OxyContin Approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new form of pain-reliever OxyContin designed to reduce tampering and abuse. It is difficult to cut, crush, chew, or dissolve the new pills, preserving the slow release of the active ingredient, oxycodone, over time.  If a potential abuser tries to dissolve the pills in water, they form a…  Read More

FDA Warns Against Raw Milk Due to Bacterial Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers against drinking raw milk.  At least 12 cases of campylobacteriosis have been reported in Michigan traced to unpasturized milk.  The milk came from the Forest Grove Dairy in Middlebury, Indiana. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. The FDA points out that “the harmful bacteria in raw milk…  Read More

FDA Approves Risk Management Plan for ESAs

Cancer patients will learn more from their doctors about the possible risks and benefits of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) to manage anemia during chemotherapy under a new program just approved by the FDA. ESAs can be given to chemotherapy patients to reduce the need for blood transfusions.  However, there can be problems with ESAs including causing some…  Read More

FDA Warns About Maalox Mixups

Think that Maalox Total Relief is the same as the traditional Maalox liquids? It isn’t, and the FDA wants you to know that. Although both are available over the counter, they are intended to treat different medical conditions.  Maalox Total Relief contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is related to aspirin and can cause bleeding and other serious…  Read More

FDA approves highly concentrated liquid morphine for severe pain

In good news for cancer patients at the end of life,  the Food and Drug Administration has approved a concentrated liquid morphine to relieve acute and chronic pain in patients where other opiates are no longer working. Although concentrated doses of liquid morphine have used to manage pain for opiate-tolerant patients for some time, the oral…  Read More