A 1950’s cigarette ad shows two doctors lighting up smokes over a cup of coffee. “You know, this night shift is kind of rough, isn’t it?” says one doctor to the other, who is just pulling his first drag. “That’s right,” he replies. “But a Camel is always a pleasure”. An announcer then goes on to say that Camel is a cigarette brand preferred by most doctors. And you should smoke it too. Holy smoke, how much things have changed. As unaware of the dangers of smoking as people were in the 1950’s, we may be just about as much in the dark about today’s puffing craze: e-cigarettes.
Last week, the FDA recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers. The move follows a long debate over whether the drugs, which contain the narcotic hydrocodone, should be controlled as tightly as more powerful painkillers such as OxyContin. Rick Allen, director of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, said Monday that he believes the switch could help decrease overdoses and addictions to painkillers.
The federal Food and Drug Administration has put Georgia’s cantaloupe growers on notice that inspectors will be checking out packing operations when they begin in a few weeks. The agency is concerned about recent outbreaks of listeria and salmonella in the melons. So inspectors will visit a sample of facilities looking for any unsanitary conditions.
The Food and Drug Administration says a Georgia compounding pharmacy that distributed a drug linked to eye infections is now recalling all of its injectable medicines following a federal inspection. Clinical Specialties Compounding Pharmacy issued a recall Monday on dozens of lots of the Roche drug Avastin after receiving reports of eye infections in five patients treated with the medication.
Sunland manufactured the peanut butter sold by Trader Joe's that's been linked to 35 salmonella illnesses across 19 states. Sunland has recalled everything made in its contaminated plant since March 2010.
Four people in Georgia have been sickened by an outbreak of salmonella which is suspected of causing illnesses in 19 states. WSB Radio reported the Georgia illnesses, which are part of a growing outbreak which has sickened 90 people across the nation.
Georgia's Saxby Chambliss is joining 12 other US Senators in calling on Food and Drug Administration officials to relax seafood advice for pregnant women. The Senators say, the agency's guidelines to avoid fish because of mercury are not consistent with new federal dietary recommendations.