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    Legislators Call on FDA to Study use of Plastic Microbeads in Toothpastes

    Two US legislators are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess the "potential risks" associated with the use of polyethylene microbeads in consumer care products, including toothpastes, saying the products could pose a risk to public health. Background Microbeads have found their way into dozens of consumer products in recent years, most notably including cosmetics. The small plastic beads are used to give consumer products a textured feel, which ...
  • Bill Would Restrict Co-Pays, Other Cost-Sharing Measures

    • 20 March 2012
    Co-pays, cost-sharing, coinsurance and other methods used by pharmaceutical companies as an incentive for patients to purchase their drugs would be restricted under a new bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on 19 March. H.R. 4209 - Patient's Access to Treatments Act of 2012 , introduced by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV), Lois Capps (D-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and C.W. Bill Young (R-FL), would do away with preferential treatmen...