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You’re probably familiar with the gag: the bottle of your [insert medication here] has a long list of side effects, and some of them are the same as the symptoms you’re trying to treat! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With all the drugs out there, there’s an almost uncountable number of possible […]

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Antibiotic Shortage

February 5, 2013

If you take either doxycycline or tetracycline, you may need to go see your doctor for a new prescription. Both are suffering from shortages due to an increased demand and manufacturing delays. To a certain extent, this may be caused by the over-prescription of antibiotics. These broad spectrum antibiotics are used to treat everything from […]

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Everyone’s talking about the stamp of environmental approval the FDA gave genetically modified salmon. It’s actually been approved for human consumption for a while—in fact, besides consumer distaste, there aren’t many US barriers to genetically modified meat. Criticisms include the fact that only 95% of the salmon are actually sterile—meaning one of the controls protecting […]

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There have been numerous factors causing the increasing drug shortages of the last few years. Generics don’t pay as much to the pharmaceutical companies, and there’ve been problems producing them to the needed quality at the cost. The FDA has tight regulations on drug manufacturing, requiring a (minimum) 3 month approval process for the quantity […]

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Studies have sourced many antibiotic resistant bacteria to farm animals who are given a daily dose of antibiotics—and now a change in FDA guidelines will finally help stem the source of what is increasingly becoming a common, and deadly, problem. The new guideline allows farmers to continue to use antibiotics to treat sick livestock, but […]

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