Cost Puts New Drug for Hepatitis C Out of Reach for Many

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News staff writer, in association with The Daily Beast There’s a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 – or $1,000 a pill. And that price tag is prompting outrage from some consumers and a scramble by insurers to figure out which patients should get the drug – and who pays for it. Related: CDC: All Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test Called …

La nueva imagen de las etiquetas de alimentos

Ya es hora de cambiar la etiqueta de alimentos, la última vez que se hizo fue hace 20 años. Esta propuesta de la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos, de cambiar las información nutricional en las etiquetas de los alimentos es beneficioso para todos, te puede guiar a seleccionar alimentos saludables. Actualmente la información de las porciones y las calorí­as se ve en letras pequeñas, pero en la nueva etiqueta la letras serán más grandes, más fáciles de leer y de …

Sugar, Servings and Calories: A Food-Label Makeover

After two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

FDA Begins New Testing of Generic-Drug Quality

For decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs – which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take – work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Does Your Soda Contain Carcinogens?

Caramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer – and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe? FDA (Finally) May Decide

It’s taken more than 40 years and the pressure of a lawsuit, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally getting serious about the controversial use of chemicals in antibacterial soaps and body washes. The agency announced Monday that not only is there no evidence that these antibacterial cleansers are more effective than other cleansers at getting rid of germs, but the chemicals they contain, like triclosan, could raise other health risks. (Translation: Mom was right. Just wash with …