Health Highlights: April 26, 201304/26/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Senate Proposal Would Give FDA Clear Authority Over Compounding
Clear authority over compounding pharmacies would be given to
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under a Senate proposal.
The FDA faced criticism that it didn't react quickly to close a
Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak
last year that killed more than 50 people. In response, FDA
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency's legal authority
over compounding pharmacies was unclear and asked for legislation
to clarify its role,
"This legislation is a significant step forward in protecting the public from unsafe compounded products," Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who leads the Senate health committee, said in a statement. "By clarifying FDA authority over high-risk compounding practices, this bill will enhance protections for patients taking compounded drugs and help prevent crises like last year's tragic meningitis outbreak."
Under the proposal, compounding pharmacies would have to
register with the FDA and list the products they've made,
Millions Being Donated for Boston Bombing Victims
Donations are pouring in as people hold fundraisers and set up
online crowd-funding sites to help the victims of the Boston
Marathon bombing pay for their medical expenses.
One Boston city fund has already collected more than $23 million
in donations from individuals and corporations, the
But it's not clear if the donations, along with health insurance
other sources, will be enough to cover the medical bills for the
more than 260 people who were wounded in the attack. At least 15
victims lost limbs, and other injuries include head wounds and
The cost of leg amputation is at least $20,000, rehabilitation
therapy for amputees is tens of thousands of dollars, and the cost
of an artificial leg can range from $7,200 to as much as $90,000 ,
according to the
Mexican Cucumbers Linked to Salmonella Outbreak: FDA
A salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 73 people in 18
states has been linked to cucumbers from two Mexican growers, the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The agency said that cucumbers from the two growers are being
stopped at the border, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said that all of the contaminated cucumbers are now off
The first cases of the salmonella outbreak began in January and
the last known case began April 6, according to Lola Russell, a
spokeswoman for the CDC. She said no deaths have occurred in the
outbreak, but 27 percent of people who became ill have been
The tainted cucumbers were linked to Daniel Cardenas Izabal and
Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico. The cucumbers were
distributed in the U.S. by Tricar Sales of Rio Rico, Ariz.,
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