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Delta jet back in air after rodent droppings found

Bloomberg News | U.S. health inspectors found rodent droppings “too numerous to count” in the galley area of a Delta Air Lines jet where food and drink are stored. The airline said the plane used on international flights had been cleaned and returned to service.

FDA orders more instruction on use of painkillers

The U.S. health regulator ordered painkiller makers to provide educational materials to help train physicians about the correct use of the drugs, as part of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle prescription drug abuse. Get the full story »

Study: Abbott heart-valve device safe, effective

Abbott's MitraClip. (Abbott)

Abbott Laboratories’ experimental device to repair leaky heart valves continues to show promise in patients two years after they have been treated, new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine today shows.

The MitraClip device, which is currently being review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for possible approval, is considered an important development for heart patients with mitral regurgitation because serious cases require open-heart surgery to repair their valves. It could be on the U.S. market by the end of this year. Get the full story »

Abbott absorbable stent shows good results

Abbott Laboratories Inc.’s experimental Absorb heart stent, designed to dissolve and thereby restore the blood vessel’s natural flexibility, has proven safe and effective a year after being implanted in patients, researchers said. Get the full story »

FDA wants more food places to list calories

The  Food and Drug Administration, which has proposed posting calorie information at chain restaurants and on vending machines, suggested a broader mandate Friday afternoon, to include airplanes, bowling alleys and other places where food is sold. Get the full story »

Snoop Dogg slingin’ Four Loco rival, Blast

Snoog Dogg at a roast for Donald Trump. (Getty)Look out, Four Loko. There’s a fruity-booze rival coming to the market — Blast from Colt 45 — and rapper Snoop Dogg is its pitch man.

Blast, produced by Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Colt 45, is an alcoholic drink but does not contain caffeine, the ingredient that got Four Loko and a group of partying college students in trouble last year. Get the full story »

FDA panel rejects food dye/hyperactivity link

Current data have not established that artificial food dyes cause hyperactive behavior in the general population of children, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee said on Thursday. Get the full story »

Critics cite kids’ health in urging ban on food dyes

The color dyes used to brighten cereals, snacks and drinks help make some children hyperactive and should be banned or at least carry a warning, critics told U.S. government advisers on Wednesday. Get the full story »

FDA chemist and son charged with insider trading

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration chemist and his son were charged with using inside information about drug approvals to reap more than $3.6 million in profits, in an embarrassing blow to the health industry regulator. Get the full story »

Abbott bets on dissolvable heart stent

Abbott Laboratories is betting heart patients will benefit from a new type of arterial stent that dissolves away when it is no longer needed. Get the full story »

Abbott gets approval for wireless test device

Abbott Laboratories said Tuesday that it received marketing approval for a version of its i-STAT 1 blood testing system that can transmit results wirelessly. Get the full story »

FDA ruling clears tobacco lozenges for sale

Tobacco maker Star Scientific Inc. said Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration has informed it  that two of its dissolvable tobacco lozenges aren’t covered by the law regulating tobacco, clearing the way for them to be marketed. Get the full story »

Melanoma drug likely to get OK this week

Bristol-Myers Squibb may win U.S. approval as early as this week for the first drug shown to extend survival for patients with a deadly form of skin cancer. Get the full story »

FDA bans some food imports from Japan

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of milk and fresh fruit and vegetables from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Get the full story »

Rival sues to open sales of generic Lipitor in June

Mylan Inc. has sued the Food and Drug Administration to get generic versions of Pfizer Inc.’s Lipitor on the market in late June and block India’s Ranbaxy from receiving 180 days of marketing exclusivity for its version of the medicine.

Ranbaxy is expected to launch its generic Lipitor Nov. 30 under a settlement with Pfizer and remain free of multiple competitors for 180 days, as the first company to apply to sell a cheaper version of the world’s best selling prescription medicine. Get the full story »