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FDA announces recall of another heart medicine for possible cancer risk

The recalled lot will have “Westminster Pharmaceuticals” and “GSMS Inc.” on the label, according to the FDA list. Another heart medicine, valsartan, has also been recalled recently due to contamination. Irbesartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB. This is a drug that blocks a potent chemical in the blood called anigiotensin, which causes… Read More »

China rolls back ban on tiger, rhino products in medicine

China says it will allow trading in products made from endangered tigers and rhinos under “special circumstances,” reversing a previous ban and bringing condemnation from conservation groups. A notice from the Cabinet issued Monday avoided mentioning any change in the law, saying instead that it would “control” the trade and that rhino horns and tiger… Read More »

The skeptic: What precision medicine revolution?

Vinay Prasad is relatively young (35) and still climbing the academic ladder (he’s an associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland), but he has already established an outsize reputation as a “professional scold” for his sharp critiques of contemporary biomedical research, including personalized medicine. In commentaries in high-profile medical and… Read More »