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Eating Defensively -- Food Safety Advice for People With AIDS

Bacteria and Food Poisoning

"It must have been something I ate!" How many times do people say this following about of nausea, upset stomach, cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting?

Indeed, these can be the symptoms of food poisoning -- illness caused by eat...

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Questions and Answers on Hepatitis A Outbreaks Associated With Eating Raw or Undercooked Green Onions (Scallions)

Q1: What did FDA announce today?

A1: FDA advised consumers that three recent hepatitis A outbreaks have been associated with eating raw or undercooked green onions (scallions).

Q2: Does this announcement apply to all products containing green onion...

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Consumers Advised That Recent Hepatitis A Outbreaks Have Been Associated With Green Onions

The Food and Drug Administration is advising the public that several recent hepatitis A outbreaks have been associated with eating raw or undercooked green onions (scallions). Hepatitis A is a liver disease that develops within 6 weeks of an exposure...

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FDA Approves New Rapid HIV Test Kit

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new rapid HIV diagnostic test kit that provides results with 99.6 percent accuracy in as little as 20 minutes.

Using less than a drop of blood ...

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Consumers Advised of Risks Associated With Raw Sprouts

FDA is updating its health advisory on the risks associated with eating all raw sprouts because of a recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with alfalfa sprouts. This advisory is also being updated to specifically include raw and lightly cooked m...

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Important Drug Warning: Counterfeiting of Procrit

Original Letter (June 6, 2002) Additional Counterfeit Lot (June 7, 2002)

This is the re-typed text of a letter from Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. . Contact the company for a copy of any referenced enclosures.

Original Letter

Dear Health Care Pr...

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GlaxoSmithKline Alerts Patients, Pharmacists and Physicians to Watch for Third-Party Tampering That Incorrectly Labels Ziagen as Combivir

Philadelphia -- GlaxoSmithKline announced today that the company has received four reports of suspect bottles containing 60 tablets of Combivir (lamivudine plus zidovudine) that actually contained another medicine, Ziagen (abacavir sulfate) Tablets. ...

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Vitamins & Supplements

FDA Issues Consumer Advisory That Kava Products May Be Associated With Severe Liver Injury

Dear Health Care Professional Colleague:

We are sending you this notice to bring to your attention a recently-issued FDA Consumer Advisory about the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with use of kava-containing dietary supplements.


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FDA Approves First Nucleic Acid Test System to Screen Whole Blood Donors for Infections With Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis C Virus

The Food and Drug Administration has licensed the first nucleic acid test (NAT) system intended for screening donors of whole blood and blood components intended for use in transfusion. This test system can simultaneously detect the presence of HIV a...

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Personal Stories

The Last Word: Living With the Enemy -- Never Letting Our Guard Down

Will we ever be able to relax again? Like many other people, my thoughts have been overwhelmed with the tragic events of Sept. 11. As I wrote this commentary addressing HIV/AIDS therapy, my mind started drawing parallels between the battle against HI...