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WEDNESDAY May 1, 2013 — The Plan B “morning-after” emergency contraceptive pill has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution without a doctor’s prescription to females aged 15 and older.
In 2011, the agency denied a petition filed by maker Teva Women’s Health Inc. to approve the pill for all females of reproductive age. Teva then amended its FDA application to make the product available to females aged 15 and older.
The product will carry a label warning that proof of age will be required before sale. In addition, “Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft,” the FDA said in a news release.
Plan B is designed to prevent pregnancy if taken within three days of unprotected sexual intercourse. It will not end pregnancy if a woman is already pregnant, and there is no evidence that if a pregnant woman does take the product that it will harm the developing fetus, the agency said.
The product also will not protect women from any sexually transmitted disease, the FDA warned.
Teva is based in North Wales, Pa.
To learn more about this product, visit the FDA.
Posted: May 2013
MONDAY April 15, 2013 — Dietary supplements that contain a stimulant called dimethylamylamine (DMAA) pose numerous health risks and are no longer allowed to be sold in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.
DMAA — which is most often used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle-building and improvement of athletic performance — can increase blood pressure and may lead to cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. The stimulant may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine, according to the FDA.
The agency has received 60 reports of illnesses and deaths associated with supplements containing DMAA. The incidents included heart problems and nervous system or psychiatric disorders.
However, a report in itself doesn’t prove that a product caused a health problem, an agency news release noted.
The FDA sent warning letters to companies that use DMAA in dietary supplements. All but one of the companies have agreed to stop using the ingredient in their products. One company, USPLabs, has not complied. It responded to the warning letter by submitting published studies that the company said challenge the FDA’s concerns.
However, the FDA said the studies did not have sufficient information to defend the use of DMAA in dietary supplements. The government agency is finalizing a formal response to USPLabs, according to Daniel Fabricant, director of FDA’s division of dietary supplement programs.
As the FDA continues its efforts to get the stimulant off the market, it urges consumers to check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA. Consumers need to be aware that the ingredient can be referred to by 10 possible names. These are listed on the FDA’s DMAA web page.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about DMAA.
Posted: April 2013
LONDON (Reuters) – A rare four-inch fragment of a dodo bone will go on sale in Britain in April, around 300 years after the flightless bird and icon of obsolescence was hunted to extinction.
Auctioneers Christie’s said on Wednesday it was hoping to raise as much as 15,000 pounds ($ 22,600) for the piece of a bird’s femur.
The last sale of dodo remains the auction house could find took place in London in 1934 – and it was expecting considerable interest from a highly specialized band of collectors and enthusiasts.
“It is so rare for anyone to part with these prized items,” said James Hyslop, head of Travel, Science and Natural History at Christie’s auction house in South Kensington, London.
“From its appearance in “Alice in Wonderland” to the expression ‘dead as dodo’, the bird has cemented its place in our cultural heritage,” he added.
The Western world first heard of dodos in 1598 when Dutch sailors reported seeing them on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Less than 100 years later, the birds had disappeared. Most experts say they were probably hunted down by successive waves of hungry sailors, and the pigs and other large animals they brought on to the island.
No complete specimens have survived – and scientists have been pouring over fragments of remains for years to try and reconstruct what the dodo might have looked like.
The famous image of a squat, comic, short-necked bird, immortalized in John Tenniel’s illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, is widely thought to be wrong.
Christie’s did not say whether the thigh bone, part of an unnamed private English collection, would provide any fresh clues.
The auction house said its bone was almost certainly excavated in 1865 at Mare aux Songes in Mauritius during a dig by natural history enthusiast George Clark.
The bone is one of 260 lots in a Travel, Science and Natural History sale held by Christie’s in London on April 24. The items are open to public viewing from April 20.
Other items on the block include a fossilized egg from Madagascar’s equally extinct elephant bird, more than 100 times the average size of a chicken egg, as well as scientific instruments, maps and globes.
(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl that was bought for a few dollars at a garage sale in New York state sold for more than $ 2.2 million at auction on Tuesday.
An unnamed New York family bought the “Ding” bowl, which is from the Northern Song Dynasty, for no more than $ 3 in 2007 and displayed it on a mantelpiece with no idea as to its real worth, Sotheby’s said.
After consulting with experts, the owners consigned the bowl for auction. Sotheby’s estimated it would sell for $ 200,000 to $ 300,000. London dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi paid $ 2,225,000 including commission for the bowl, which measures just over five inches in diameter, at the auction in New York City.
Sotheby’s said the only known bowl of the same form, size and almost identical decoration has been in the collection of the British Museum in London for more than 60 years.
Four Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Voluntarily Recall Nap Nanny Recliners Due to Five Infant Deaths
Amazon, Buy, Buy, Baby, Diapers.com,Toys R Us/Babies R Us offer refunds or store credit for baby recliners they sold.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission – Recent Recalls and Product Safety News