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Keep an Eye Out for Illicit Lash Serums

In recent years, several regulatory agencies, including the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have released warning letters to companies that offer lash serums containing isopropyl cloprostenate, an analog of prostaglandins such as bimatoprost, which is a prescription-only active pharmaceutical ingredient in the US. Although this synthetic variation is in the same class of…

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HCG: A Long-Lived Diet That’s Short on Evidence

Originally surfacing in the 1950s, the HCG diet has been rising in popularity once again, despite concerns about its safety and efficacy. Short for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, HCG is a hormone that is produced naturally in the body during pregnancy. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some injectable forms of HCG for…

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Stresses Both Awareness and Action

The abuse of prescription drugs is a complex, multifaceted problem that can’t be solved alone by government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, advocacy organizations, groups of industry professionals, or members of the public. But it can be solved by the combined efforts of all of these. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day not only highlights the action…

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Initiative fights prescription drug abuse in teens

This week marks the launch of the Medicine Abuse Project, which aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing prescription drugs within five years. Among the troubling facts of medicine abuse, from Drugfree.org: One in six teens say they have taken a prescription medicine — that was not prescribed to them — at least…

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