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November 16, 2012
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  • Compounding pharmacies' lobbyist resists additional FDA powers
    The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists' CEO said his group would cooperate with lawmakers investigating compounding pharmacies, but he also said the FDA and state regulators already have strong enough laws at their disposal to shut down unsafe pharmacies. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said compounders have repeatedly fought the FDA's authority in court and stronger laws are needed. Google/The Associated Press (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senators open to changes in regulation of compounders
    Republican and Democratic senators indicated at a hearing Thursday that they would be open to changes in the oversight of compounding pharmacies to avoid outbreaks such as the one tied to contaminated steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center. Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC data show sharp increase in U.S. diabetes rates
    Diabetes cases increased by at least 50% in 42 states and by at least 100% in 18 states between 1995 and 2010, a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated. Southern and Appalachian states showed the highest increases. Ann Albright of the CDC said rates will keep rising "until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity." Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: The only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect."
--William Carlos Williams,
American poet and physician


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