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FDA pulls authorization for COVID-19 treatment Trump touted

FDA pulls authorization for COVID-19 treatment Trump touted

Hydroxychloroquine can no longer be used for COVID-19 treatment in the US, with the FDA revoking its emergency use authorization for the controversial drug touted by President Trump. Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate had been credited with reducing coronavirus infection after an early study, but critics were quick to dispute both those findings and the drugs' efficacy.

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Another batch of metformin recalled over cancer-causing impurity

Another batch of metformin recalled over cancer-causing impurity

The FDA has revealed that another lot of metformin, a drug commonly used by type-2 diabetics, have been recalled over the presence of an impurity that is linked to the development of cancer. The recall announcement follows similar recent recalls from multiple companies after the FDA published the results of testing on metformin samples.

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Popular antidepressant in short supply because of pandemic, says FDA

Popular antidepressant in short supply because of pandemic, says FDA

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a spike in demand for depression and anxiety medication. One popular SSRI anti-depressant that is often prescribed to treat both depression and anxiety is in short supply, the FDA warned in a document published on May 29. The shortage applies mostly to higher doses of the drug with the FDA estimating it will take 60 days to clear the shortages.

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FDA warns popular diabetes drug has cancer risk, seeks multiple recalls

FDA warns popular diabetes drug has cancer risk, seeks multiple recalls

In a statement this week, the Food and Drug Administration warned that its laboratory has discovered impurities in some batches of popular diabetes drug metformin that may be a cancer risk. The discovery involves "several lots" of the extended-release (ER) version of metformin, prompting the agency to seek voluntary drug recalls from five different companies.

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Popular thyroid drug recalled because it’s ‘super potent’ says FDA

Popular thyroid drug recalled because it’s ‘super potent’ says FDA

The FDA has alerted consumers about a recent recall from Acella Pharmaceuticals, which has recalled its popular natural thyroid product after discovering that it is too potent, putting patients at risk of getting too much thyroid hormone. Though hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, too much thyroid hormone can be deadly, causing high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and more.

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FDA says some CBD oil recalled across US over risk of lead poisoning

FDA says some CBD oil recalled across US over risk of lead poisoning

A batch of CBD oil that was distributed nationwide in the US has been recalled after it tested positive for high levels of lead. The FDA warns that consuming this CBD oil could potentially result in lead poisoning, a serious condition that could, among other things, result in kidney damage and shock. There haven't been any consumer complaints related to the CBD, however.

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FDA warns this rapid COVID-19 test is giving false-negatives

FDA warns this rapid COVID-19 test is giving false-negatives

One of the coronavirus tests currently in use in the US to track COVID-19 cases may be giving more false-negative results than expected, the FDA has warned, raising the possibility that infected people may be unwittingly told that they do not have the disease. The US Food and Drug Administration warned that Abbott's ID NOW test could be inaccurate, and giving those with COVID-19 a false sense of security.

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FDA warns some basil products have been recalled over parasite risk

FDA warns some basil products have been recalled over parasite risk

The FDA has published a new advisory stating that Minnesota company United Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling some of its organic basil products over the risk of contamination with parasites. The recalled basil was only distributed over the course of around two weeks, according to the FDA, which says that there haven't been any reports at this time about illnesses resulting from this product.

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At-home saliva COVID-19 test gets FDA nod: Here’s how it works

At-home saliva COVID-19 test gets FDA nod: Here’s how it works

The first at-home COVID-19 test that uses saliva samples has been given authorization to launch, the US FDA confirmed today, adding a potentially more convenient and less uncomfortable way to be diagnosed with coronavirus. Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green-light to more than 80 COVID-19 tests so far under its emergency clearance program, the majority are designed for healthcare professionals to administer.

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Facing criticism, FDA toughens COVID-19 antibody test rules

Facing criticism, FDA toughens COVID-19 antibody test rules

The FDA is changing how it allows COVID-19 antibody testing to be implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, toughening up its oversight after criticisms that unreliable serological tests were being released. Antibody tests aren't designed to identify whether a patient is currently infected with COVID-19, but instead show whether they have had it recently.

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Popular fiber supplements recalled: FDA warns of plastic risk

Popular fiber supplements recalled: FDA warns of plastic risk

A popular prebiotic fiber supplement has been recalled in the United States over the potential risk of plastic contamination, according to the FDA. The announcement was made last week by GSK Consumer Healthcare, the company that voluntarily recalled the products. A total of five lots of the fiber supplements were recalled, ones that were distributed to stores months ago.

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FDA issues coronavirus pet guidelines: What dog and cat owners should do

FDA issues coronavirus pet guidelines: What dog and cat owners should do

With the debate over "reopening the US" continuing to rage, COVID-19's potential impact on pets and other animals has led to new guidance from the FDA for those worried about possible infection. The number of cases worldwide of animals being infected by COVID-19 is still low - exponentially smaller, in fact, than human coronavirus cases, which now exceed 1 million in the US, and more than 60,000 deaths - though that hasn't prevented concerns that dogs and cats could be a risk vector.

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