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Food (Medicine?) for Thought

I read a slightly scary article in the Wall Street Journal Europe on 2nd February under the headline “Nestlé Buys ‘Medical Food’ Start-Up” (accessible online only to subscribers). The article goes on to describe some of these “medical foods”. One product in development by the company is Fostrup, a chewing gum containing a substance “designed… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray

In an earlier post I mentioned the case taken against the independent drug bulletin Prescrire by Astellas Pharma. In brief, Prescrire criticised the decision of the French medicines authority to approve the use of the anti-eczema topical drug tacrolimus (Protopic) for long term use in certain cases. The company took exception to this opinion and… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray

In an earlier post I reported that the FDA was to test a drug, sodium thiopental, imported for use in executions. Some weeks later, according to the Wall Street Journal, the agency said that it was “charged by Congress with protecting the public health …… Reviewing substances imported or used for the purpose of state-authorized… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray