November 8, 2013

Drug maker Eisai has launched a new version of a drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said Friday.

November 8, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved six generic versions of a drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, the agency said Friday.

November 8, 2013

A proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration would effectively eliminate artificial trans fats from foods in the United States by classifying partially hydrogenated oils as unsafe food additives and thus permitting them only in certain cases.

In its proposal, the FDA emphasized that it would give manufacturers of foods that contain trans fats enough time to reformulate their recipes in order to minimize market disruptions by spreading out the initial cost of about $8 billion over a number of years. While trans fats have been eliminated from most foods already, foods that still contain them include frozen pizzas, microwave popcorn, margarines and some dessert foods.

November 7, 2013

U.S. regulators made a preliminary move Thursday to remove trans fats from food products.

November 6, 2013

Geodeo Natural Deodorant Plus with Detox Complex is now available at Big Y World Class Markets in the New England area, the manufacturer has announced.

November 6, 2013

Noven Pharmaceuticals has launched a new drug for severe hot flashes nationwide, the company said.

November 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new injectable painkiller made by Becton, Dickinson and Co., the medical products manufacturer said Monday.

November 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has asked Ariad Pharmaceuticals to suspend marketing and sales of a chemotherapy drug for leukemia due to the risk of life-threatening side effects, the agency said.

November 4, 2013

Procter & Gamble on Monday announced that celebrity chef and nutritionist Chef LaLa, and medical expert Jorge Rodriguez, will share health and nutrition tips to help families reduce the chances of heartburn as part of a brand initiative supporting Prilosec OTC.

November 1, 2013

Mylan expects to be the first to market with a generic version of a drug for treating patients with gout, the company said Friday, though its filing has triggered a lawsuit from the makers of the branded version.

October 31, 2013

Impax Labs and Tolmar announced that the Food and Drug Administration has given final approval to Tolmar's generic version of Solaraze gel.

October 30, 2013

A division of Kroger Co. has placed an initial order for Alkaline88, a bottled water brand produced using a proprietary electrolysis beverage process.

October 30, 2013

A trade group for supplement makers is suggesting that people with diabetes talk to their physicians about chromium picolinate supplementation, based on a recent study.

October 30, 2013

STUF Men’s Defense, a skin care line just for guys, has announced that it is now being sold on Amazon.com.

October 29, 2013

Actavis had sales of $2.01 billion in third quarter 2013, a 57% increase over the same period last year, the drug maker said Tuesday.

October 29, 2013

Generic drug maker Amneal Pharmaceuticals is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a gout drug, prompting a lawsuit from the maker of the branded version, according to published reports.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new opioid painkiller made by Zogenix, the agency said Friday.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to recommend stronger regulations for a commonly used opioid painkiller.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to officially recommend that products containing 15 mg or less of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone be rescheduled as Schedule II controlled substances, from the current Schedule III classification. While the idea is to combat abuse and misuse of the drugs, pharmacy groups say the rescheduling would make them harder to obtain for patients who legitimately need them.

The desire to combat abuse and misuse of prescription drugs — now a worse problem in the United States than cocaine or heroin — is laudable, but unlike those two drugs, hydrocodone has a legitimate use as a painkiller, and it's the people who are using it properly and legally who will end up losing.

October 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to complete its phase out of inhalers that contain ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons by the end of the year, the agency said Wednesday.

October 23, 2013

Drug maker Depomed has sold its interests in royalty and milestone payments for several Type 2 diabetes drugs to PDL BioPharma, Depomed said.

October 23, 2013

Drug maker Hospira is investing more than $200,000 at a plant in Rocky Mount, N.C., that will evaluate and test more than 450 products, the company said Wednesday.

October 23, 2013

Out of Africa, which is a line of natural and vegan skin care products using 100% pure, unrefined shea butter, is sponsoring in November the Shine On Sierra Leone’s Cash & Rocket VolunTourism Trip Sierra Leone, which will launch the building of the first and only secondary school in the Bongema Village.

October 22, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved drugs for depression and smoking cessation made by Jubilant Life Sciences, the company said.