Items Tagged with 'FDA'


The FDA’s stick gets bigger

One of the significant changes requires foreign farms to be compliant with U.S. safety standards.

November 27, 2015
The United States Food and Drug Administration is getting a bigger stick to wave to help prevent food-borne illnesses. Read More

Doctors, hospitals worry about shortage of medication

November 15, 2013
LANSING — Michigan is experiencing the nationwide problem of insufficient pharmaceutical drugs. Read More

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology implants smallest FDA approved medical device

May 15, 2013
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology eye surgeon and partner Dr. Marcus Muallen has performed the first implant in Michigan of the smallest medical device ever approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to GRO. Read More

Pfizer's new arthritis drug promises relief . . . to Pfizer

Sales of Xeljanz will offset losses due to expiring patents such as Lipitor.

November 14, 2012
The new rheumatoid arthritis drug from Pfizer — Xeljanz — which has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is predicted to yield sales of more than $2 billion a year in a few years. That good news for Pfizer, however, is offset by the fact Pfizer is facing near-term challenges due to expiring patents, resulting in new competition from generic drugs. Read More

Trick or treatment: Vampire bats transform Saint Mary's stroke-drug trial

October 31, 2012
Mother Nature put a silver lining on one of her more horrific creations, which is why Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids is the coordination center for a nationwide clinical trial of a drug that may help stroke victims. The chemical compound is desmoteplase, a synthetic version of a clot-dissolving protein found in the saliva of the vampire bat Desmodus rotundus, according to the website of Lundbeck, a Danish pharmaceutical company that commissioned the clinical trials. Read More