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FDA Takes Action Against Firm Marketing Unapproved Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration today stepped up its efforts to protect the public against unproven claims for unapproved drugs by seeking a permanent injunction against the marketing of three unapproved drug products being illegally promoted as tre...

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HIV/AIDS Milestones 1995-1999

1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

1995

On February 8, FDA approved Mepron (atovaquone) for the treatment of mild to moderate Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in patients who are intolerant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX). On Februar...

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia's Quick Cure

Anna Lange (not her real name) had no symptoms when she went to a Wake County, N.C., sexually transmitted diseases clinic earlier this year to pick up her birth control pills. But a routine test revealed that the 20-year-old Lange had chlamydia. "She...

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Attacking AIDS With a 'Cocktail' Therapy: Drug Combo Sends Deaths Plummeting

It was spring of 1996 when Beth Bye says she returned from the dead. The Wisconsin woman hadn't actually died, but with her body ravaged in the late stages of AIDS infection, she had run out of options, and death was, indeed, near. AIDS-related demen...

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News

Internet Sales of Bogus HIV Test Kits Result in First-of-Kind Wire Fraud Conviction

For the first time in FDA history, an individual has been convicted on wire fraud charges stemming from Internet use to sell an illegal medical product. Previous wire fraud charges involving illegal medical products were based only on telephone and f...

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Hepatitis C

FDA Approves First Home Test for Hepatitis C Virus

FDA has approved the first over-the-counter blood collection kit for testing for antibodies to hepatitis C virus (HCV), the nation's most common blood-borne infection and a major cause of liver damage.

With the kit, which does not require a prescrip...

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C: New Treatment Helps Some, but Cure Remains Elusive

Elaine Moreland knew she wasn't imagining the symptoms. Fatigue, migraines, nausea, memory loss, anxiety, and dizziness all were wreaking havoc in her life. Yet doctor after doctor could find nothing wrong with her. Some said she was depressed. Other...

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Nutrition

Critical Steps Toward Safer Seafood

A tender tuna steak lightly seasoned with lemon pepper and grilled over a charcoal fire is one way to please a seafood lover's palate. Stuffed flounder, lobster thermidor, and shrimp scampi are others.

But blue marlin served up with a dose of scombr...

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FDA Approves New Drug to Treat HIV, AIDS

The Food and Drug Administration has approved efavirenz, a new drug, to treat HIV and AIDS in children and adults. Efavirenz, in combination with other antiretroviral agents, was approved to treat HIV-1 infection after 24-week studies showed it to be...

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On the Teen Scene: Preventing STDs

Originally published in FDA Consumer Magazine. The version below is from a reprint of the original June 1993 article and contains revisions made in February 1995 and April 1998.

You don't have to be a genius to figure out that the only sure way to a...