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CDC Issues Update About Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that the number of patients affected by the recent salmonella outbreak has risen to 370, and incidents have been reported in 42 states. The CDC and FDA are asking consumers to refrain from eating all jars of Peter Pan peanut butter, along with certain lots of Great Value peanut butter (product code starting with 2111) that are produced at the same Georgia facility.

Although the first patients fell ill as far back as August, the majority of cases have occurred in the past three months and as recently as two weeks ago. According to the CDC, most patients infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the effects usually last four to seven days. Although most people recover without treatment, the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more susceptible to severe illness.
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Former FDA Chief Receives Sentencing

Former FDA Chief Receives SentencingLester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), was fined almost $90,000 and put on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in October to misdemeanor charges of conflict of interest and false stock reporting. The sentence was tougher than either prosecutors or defense attorneys had expected, and it also includes 50 days of community service.

U.S. Attorney Howard Sklamberg told Judge Deborah Robinson at the sentencing hearing this week that although there was “no giant fraud scheme,” Crawford had been “indifferent,” “callous,” and “arrogant” about ethics rules.
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New Senate Bill Seeks to Put Tobacco Under FDA Control

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, has introduced new legislation that would put tobacco regulation in the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act would give the FDA control over all cigarette sales and advertising and would also place some significant restrictions on how the products are marketed.

Dr. Ron Davis, president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), came out in full support of the measure. “The AMA urges Congress to protect the health of Americans, especially children, by passing this legislation, which would give the FDA needed regulatory authority over tobacco products,” Dr. Davis said in a statement. “Each day, approximately 4,000 kids will try a cigarette for the first time, and another 1,000 will become new, regular, daily smokers. One-third of these kids will eventually die prematurely as a result. To discourage youth from taking up smoking, some of the provisions in the bill would stop illegal sales of tobacco products to children; restrict tobacco marketing, especially to children; ban fruit and candy flavorings in cigarettes; and require more informative health warnings.”
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Study: Seniors Face Risks with All Antipsychotic Drugs

For the last couple of years, there have been a lot of questions raised about the cost, effectiveness, and safety of second-generation (or atypical) antipsychotic drugs such as Zyprexa, Seroquel, and Risperdal. However, a new Canadian study has found that older, conventional antipsychotic medications pose a similar risk of death to elderly patients perhaps an even greater risk than the atypical class.

A new report published in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) claims that, among elderly patients, “the risk of death associated with conventional antipsychotic medications is comparable to and possibly greater than the risk of death associated with atypical antipsychotic medications. Until further evidence is available, physicians should consider all antipsychotic medications to be equally risky in elderly patients.”
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FDA Questions Efficacy of Sanofi’s Bird-Flu Vaccine

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a two-day meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and among the agenda items will be a discussion of the safety and effectiveness of Sanofi Aventis’ H5N1 inactivated influenza (bird flu) vaccine. In advance of the meeting, the FDA has released several briefing documents that have called into question the effectiveness of the vaccine.

FDA researchers determined that “there were no significant safety signals that would preclude administration of this vaccine to additional persons.” However, they also found that the vaccine was not as effective as previously thought. Last year, a New England Journal of Medicine study found that only 54 percent of trial patients had developed an effective immune response. The FDA’s analysis of the same study, put forth in the new briefing documents, found that only 45 percent of patients who’d received the highest dosage (a series of two shots, 90 micrograms each) developed an effective immune response to the virus.
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Study: Big Pharma Influences Breast Cancer Research Results

In an enlightening and alarming new study, researchers led by Dr. Jeffrey Peppercorn of the University of North Carolina report that clinical breast-cancer trials that are funded by drug companies tend to produce more favorable results than independently funded studies. According to the authors, “Pharmaceutical involvement in published clinical breast-cancer research may affect study design, focus, and results.” The findings of the report, already available online, will be published in the April 1 edition of Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

“Breast cancer treatment trials supported by the pharmaceutical industry are more likely to report positive results than non-sponsored studies,” notes the ACS. “In addition, there are significant differences in the design of trials and types of questions addressed by pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials compared to non-sponsored trials. The study is the first to examine the impact of the pharmaceutical industry on breast cancer research.”
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Rats Invade New York KFC-Taco Bell

A New York franchise of the fast-food chain KFC-Taco Bell was closed immediately on Friday after a large population of rats was seen scurrying around the restaurant before it had opened. The Greenwich Village store on Sixth Avenue had been cited in December by the Department of Health for evidence of rats and cockroaches, even though it ultimately passed the inspection. Apparently, the rodent and insect problem at the store has been ongoing for three years.

The parent company, Yum Brands, is blaming construction work in the basement for the presence of the rats. In a prepared statement, the company said, “This is completely unacceptable and is an absolute violation of our high standards. We’ve talked with the franchisee, who is actively addressing this issue, as is evident by the preventative construction in the basement yesterday that temporarily escalated the situation. This restaurant has been closed and we are addressing the issue with the franchise owner. We will not allow this store to reopen until is it completely resanitized and given a clean bill of health.”
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Study: Contraceptive Patch Increases Risk of Blood Clots

According to a study published this month in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, women who use contraceptive patches, such as Ortho Evra, may be more than twice as susceptible to blood clotting as women who take oral contraception. The study was conducted by researchers at the i3 Drug Safety group.

The study looked at more than 98,000 women who’ve used transdermal (patch) contraception and compared them with more than 250,000 women who’ve used oral contraception; the median age was 25. According to the report, “There was a more than two-fold increase in the venous thromboembolism [blood clot] rate among transdermal contraceptive system users compared with oral contraceptives users.” Incidence of stroke and myocardial infarction was too low to produce any meaningful statistical connection.
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FDA Issues New Warning About Asthma Drug Xolair

Citing reports of severe, potentially fatal allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about omalizumab, an asthma drug marketed by Genentech as Xolair. The agency has requested a “black box” warning be added to the product’s label reflecting the risk of anaphylaxis.

Xolair was approved by the FDA in 2003 to treat patients with allergy-related asthma. It was previously believed that the risk of anaphylaxis was most severe within two hours of receiving the injection. However, the FDA decided to issue its latest warning after receiving reports that serious allergic reactions can develop up to 24 hours after being administered the drug, and even longer in some cases.
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Peanut Butter Linked to First Fatality, Suit Filed

The family of Roberta Barkay, 76, a Pennsylvania woman who died last month, has filed suit against ConAgra Foods, alleging that Barkay’s death resulted from consuming the company’s salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. The couple is claiming negligence and wrongful death and seeking unspecified damages.

Barkay and her husband, William, had purchased a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter in November, and both fell gravely ill with gastrointestinal symptoms. She died of a bacterial infection in the hospital. The couple’s daughter also became ill after eating the same peanut butter while at home attending her mother’s funeral.
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