• FDA Releases Order to Protect Antimicrobial Drug From Use in Food Animals

    The US Food and Drug Administration today released an order, titled, " New Animal Drugs; Cephalosporin Drugs; Extralabel Animal Drug Use; Order of Prohibition ", that is aimed at prohibiting the off-label use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in certain food-producing animals. The agency found that off-label use of the antimicrobial in food-producing animals was likely to be unsafe and represent a risk to the public. The rule follows an attempt to regulate the antimi...
  • 2011 Drug Shortages Soar to Record Highs

    Last year was a banner year for drug shortages, according to information just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service . 267 medications experienced shortages during 2011 , topping the previous year's record of 211, and exceeding 2004 levels by 460%. The issue has attracted the attention of both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and President Barack Obama.  The FDA has launched a drug shortages program to work with manufacturers and...