U.S. To Make More Drugs Easily Available, Cutting Role Docs Play – Bloomberg Quint

This could change how patients in the U.S. access treatments for chronic conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration in a draft guideline on Tuesday outlined how such a status, which the agency said could help lower health-care costs, would work. Patients could answer questions on a mobile-phone app to help determine whether they should be able to access a medication without a prescription.

“Our hope is that the steps we’re taking to advance this new, more modern framework will contribute to lower costs for our health care system overall and provide greater efficiency and empowerment for consumers by increasing the availability of certain products that would otherwise be available only by prescription,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

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McDonald’s salads linked to dozens of illnesses in Iowa, Illinois | Fox News

Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating a link between McDonald’s salads and a rash of illnesses caused by a parasite.

About one quarter of 90 people sickened since mid-May in Illinois reported eating a McDonald’s salad in the days before falling ill, while an additional 15 cases were reported in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said the affected residents who were later confirmed to be suffering from cyclospora infections ate McDonald’s salads in late June or early July. Officials in both states said that McDonald’s is cooperating with their investigators as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration.

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Fla. store manager fired after tackling alleged gun thief

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Academy Sports + Outdoors says it’s just following corporate policy, but the store is facing backlash for its decision to fire former manager, Dean Crouch, for tackling a man who tried stealing a gun.

The Facebook page of our sister-station in Tallahassee is flooded with comments from viewers saying they believe Crouch did the right thing, and he shouldn’t lose his job over it.

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Lawsuits alleging weed killer Roundup caused cancer gets green light

Hundreds of lawsuits claiming Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup caused cancer were given the green light to proceed to trial, a San Francisco judge ruled Tuesday.

The chemical glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, is at the center of the debate. Cancer victims and families presenting cases say Monsanto knew about the ingredient’s risk for years, but failed to warn buyers. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said there’s “rather weak” evidence the ingredient causes cancer, but the opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not “junk science.”

Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge denies any connection between glyphosate and cancer. In the past, Monsanto sued California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for adding to a list of cancer causing chemicals, and lost.

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