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    A Facebook for Drugs? Regulators Want Help Building Database of What Every Drug Looks Like

    A new government project is calling for help from the pharmaceutical industry to make what will be, in effect, a Facebook for drugs. In a notice issued on 19 September 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said it’s looking for participants in its Computational Photography Project for Pill Identification, or C3PI for short. The project is an attempt to photograph and build a high-quality catalogue of what all oral solid dosage formulation products sold in the US...
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    FDA Targets Companies for Facebook 'Likes.' Is Twitter Next?

    Over the last two years, two companies have found themselves in the sights of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the regulator warned them for violating federal advertising regulations by "liking" unapproved claims on the social networking website Facebook. But while FDA's warnings have yet to set off a wider crackdown on pharmaceutical companies, recent changes to the social media platform Twitter have raised the possibility that similar attention might so...
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    FDA Warns Company for 'Liking' Status on Facebook

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a rare Warning Letter chiding a company for, among other reasons, improperly "liking" certain unapproved claims about its product on Facebook. The letter, sent to Utah-based dietary supplement manufacturer Zarbee's, is primarily focused on the company's marketing claims, which FDA says cause the company's products to be drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) . Under federal law, dietary supple...