October 20, 2012

Even Up to 40 Years Later

1 Study Finds Expired” Meds Still Potent

People taking prescription drugs who discard them when they pass the expiration date posted on the label may be throwing away perfectly good medication. A study by the University of California at San Francisco tested twelve prescription drug compounds, containing 15 active ingredients, which had officially expired between 28 and 40 years ago. The researchers found that in all but two of the drug compounds, 90 percent or more of the active ingredients were still present and potent, placing the medication within the Food and Drug Administration’s "reasonable variation" rule. The only two compounds that fell short of 90 percent potency were aspirin and amphetamine. The study appeared last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Medication Instructions Often Unclear

Tags: Medication Use, Drug Potency, Drug Expiration Dates, Medicine Remains Active, How Long to Use Meds

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Cereal Giants Snub Canada, US

2 Cereals to Be Made Healthier, but Not Here

In response to growing concerns about young people’s diets, General Mills and Nestle SA have announced that they will reformulate the ingredients in twenty brands of cereal popular with children and teenagers to increase the amount of whole grains and calcium while cutting the amount of sugar by 24 percent and sodium by 12 percent, boosting the nutritional content in some 5.3 billion servings of cereal this year. Unfortunately, the reformulation will only apply to their cereals marketed outside North America, in over 140 countries that account for half of all global cereal sales. The companies, which jointly produce most European children's cereals, hope to pre-empt overseas nutritional regulations that would be more strict than those in the U.S. and Canada.

More at Huffingtonpost.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: General Mills, Breakfast Cereals, Nestle SA, Cereal Contents, Unhealthy Cereals, Children's Breakfast Cereals

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A Scientific Non-Event

3 French Science Groups Blast Cancer Corn Study

"The French Higher Biotechnologies Council and the French National Agency for Food Safety also investigated the study in response to a government request to look into it, and concluded Monday that it was garbage."
- Martin in the comments

Six French scientific academies issued a joint statement on Friday condemning a recent study that labeled a Monsanto seed product as being "cancer corn." The academies of agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, sciences, technology and veterinary studies said that the researchers mischaracterized their results, hyped their mischaracterizations, spread public fear without basis, and in general produced a study that was a "scientific non-event." Earlier this month the European Union's food safety watchdog organization said the study lacks "scientific quality." In September articles in New Scientist and various online scientific and journalism publications criticized the unconventional manner in which the study's release was orchestrated for maximum publicity but minimum scientific oversight.

More at Agence France Presse | Hat tip to Phys.org | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: EU Food Safety Panel Dismisses GM Corn Study, GMO Food Cancer Study Begins to Unravel

Tags: Gilles-Eric Seralini, GM Food, Roundup Health Concerns, Monsanto

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