April 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued four warning letters to companies that manufacture and market over-the-counter drug products, including hand sanitizers, that claim to prevent infection from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or MRSA.

April 21, 2011

Companies that make vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tests for influenza will become key stakeholders in the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network under an agreement reached at the Open Ended Working Group that WHO coordinated to support global preparedness for a future influenza pandemic.

April 21, 2011

Merck and Sanofi Pasteur have started a late-stage clinical trial of a combination vaccine for six childhood diseases, the companies said Thursday.

April 21, 2011

An Ohio Department of Health study released Wednesday estimated that Ohio’s H1N1 vaccination efforts prevented 64 deaths, 1,400 hospitalizations and 310,402 cases of influenza during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The study also estimated that Ohio’s vaccination efforts saved the state $8.4 million in H1N1-related hospitalization costs.

April 20, 2011

Bainbridge & Knight announced the expansion of its Lichi Super Fruit Diet brand with a probiotic product.

April 20, 2011

Lysol, a Reckitt Benckiser brand, is looking to help allergy sufferers this spring.

April 20, 2011

Mylan has launched a generic drug for treating herpes, the company said Wednesday.

April 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve a drug made by Eli Lilly for treating a disease of the pancreas that often occurs in patients with cystic fibrosis, Lilly said.

April 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical treatment for skin conditions made by Israeli generic drug maker Taro Pharmaceutical Industries.

April 15, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is participating in a new docudrama that debuts on Animal Planet beginning Friday at 9 p.m., the agency announced earlier this week.

April 15, 2011

Whoever named the genus to which ragweed plants belong “ambrosia” had a terrific sense of irony. The name, derived from Greek, refers to the food of the gods, but the plant is more like punishment from the gods, considering that it’s the main culprit in seasonal allergies.

April 15, 2011

Women who long for smooth, manageable hair but don't want to spend their money on a pricey salon treatment now will have a new at-home option with the launch of KeratinPerfect at Sephora in May.

April 15, 2011

Procter & Gamble is expanding its voluntary recall of Clairol Natural Instincts to include two additional shades in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

April 15, 2011

Takeda Pharmaceutical has launched a new treatment for high blood pressure, the company said Friday.

April 14, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of a rare and usually deadly cancer in patients using a class of biotech drugs to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, the agency said Thursday.

April 12, 2011

The 2011 allergy season is expected to be 27 days longer in the northernmost parts of North America, adding almost a month of suffering to the typical pollen allergy season of February through October, a study published Tuesday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences determined.

April 12, 2011

Medication adherence among hepatitis C patients may improve when patients take antidepressants, according to a new analysis by pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions presented Monday at the International Conference on Viral Hepatitis.

April 12, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment made by Merck for treating skin cancer, Merck said Monday.

April 12, 2011

A U.S. Department of Agriculture study published in March in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that ragweed season is almost 16 days longer than it was in 1995 due to changes in the first frost line of the fall in North America. The first frost steadily has been creeping northward and later into the year, lead researcher Lewis Ziska wrote. That’s 16 more days of allergy relief sales — especially good news for Chattem as it shepherds its recently switched Allegra antihistamine through its first year.

April 11, 2011

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone has been tapped for the latest Post Great Grains cereal campaign to show how the consumption of whole grains can lead to better nutrition.

April 11, 2011

Ansell Healthcare Products on Monday announced the release of Skyn Large following the success of Skyn, the first polyisoprene condom on the market, and due to high consumer demand for a larger Skyn product.

April 8, 2011

Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk has received the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation in response to its research and development efforts for the disease, the company said Friday.

April 8, 2011

Regeneron and Bayer HealthCare have initiated 1-of-2 late-stage clinical trials of their aflibercept ophthalmic solution in the treatment of a complication caused by diabetic retinopathy.

April 8, 2011

Nine people died in Alabama last month after taking a compounded injectable supplement contaminated with bacteria, according to published reports.