Check Your Medicine Cabinet: Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X Recalled

Several well-known, over-the-counter medicines from drug-maker Novartis — including 16 types of Excedrin — are being voluntarily recalled, the Food and Drug Administration has announced, because some bottles may contain broken pills or tablets from other Novartis products, including some powerful prescription painkillers. Consumers are being warned to check their medicine cabinets for Excedrin and NoDoz with expiration dates of Dec. 20,2014, or earlier, and Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2013, or earlier. Consumers who …

New Pneumonia Vaccine For Adults 50 and Older

A pneumonia vaccine previously recommended only for infants and young children, has now been approved for adults ages 50 and older, the Food and Drug Administration announced. The vaccine protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal disease, including the most common type of pneumonia plus meningitis and ear infection. It previously had been approved for use in children ages six weeks through five years. A little more than a month ago, a panel of federal health experts voted overwhelmingly to recommend …

Sticky Situation: Most Store Brand Honey Isn’t Honey

More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores bears little resemblance to the nutritious nectar that bees produce, according to testing done for Food Safety News. Laboratory testing of more than 60 products from 10 states and the District of Columbia found that a high-tech process called ultra-filtration had removed all pollen, which effectively erases all of  honey’s natural nutrients and also obscures the only way authorities can pinpoint where the honey came from. Ultra-filtered honey that …

The Takeaway: Obama Orders FDA to Deal With Drug Shortages; World’s Population Heavily Gray

President Barack Obama is ordering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take more action on prescription drug shortages. And with the world’s population set to hit 7 billion today, it’s not only growing””it’s growing older, too.