FDA Warns: Don't Eat Raw Alfalfa Sprouts

The Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts or combinations of sprouts that include alfalfa due to potential contamination with Salmonella Saintpaul. The Centers for Disease Control, working with the FDA and state health departments, have identified 31 cases of illness traced to alfalfa sprouts in six different states since mid-March.…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: April 17

This week we have research reports about risk of complications after hand-assisted laparoscopic colectomies, the benefit of music therapy during hospice treatment, and a gene that predicts better response to cetuximab. In other headlines, we found an excellent overview of the progress made in colorectal cancer treatment with data and references.  In addition, there is information…  Read More

FDA: Influend Cough and Cold Products Recalled

Ion Labs, Inc. of Clearwater Florida is voluntarily recalling all Influend cough and cold products, both tablets and liquids, sold on or after May 30, 2008.  Because of testing issues, the products may contain more active ingredients and have the potential to be extra potent. While the lots in question were sold in Huntsville, Alabama, Ion…  Read More

FDA Recommends Avoiding Pistachios Due to Salmonella

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella in California has recalled over a million pounds of pistachios after Salmonella was found in Back To Nature Trail Mix by Kraft Foods.  Kraft traced the contamination back to Setton. Setton is recalling both its large bulk shipments of pistachios to other manufacturers and Setton Farms brand roasted salted shelled pistachios in 9…  Read More

Leucovorin Shortage Update

The Food and Drug Administration has updated information on the ongoing leucovorin shortage as of 3/23/09. Both Bedford Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals are reporting manufacturing delays for leucovorin.  Spectrum Pharmaceuticals has limited supplies of Fusilev® (levoleucovorin) which is a different formulation.  Fusilev dosages are not equal to leucovorin doses and need to be used with care.

FDA Warns Against Long Term Use of Reglan

The Food and Drug Adminstration is requiring that manufacturers of Reglan® (metoclopramide) to add a boxed warning to its label.  Long term or high dose use can lead to tardive dyskinesia, involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, even after the drug is discontinued. FDA will also require the development of a risk evaluation and mitigation…  Read More