Heartland Health Monitor
2:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Missouri Becomes Third State To Enact 'Right To Try' Drug Law

Credit Steve Smith / Flickr--CC

Missouri residents who have exhausted conventional disease cures will have access to experimental drugs under legislation signed on Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The so-called Right to Try legislation gives patients and their doctors the ability to procure drugs that have yet to gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if the pharmaceutical manufacturer agrees to provide the product.

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Heartland Health Monitor
10:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Missouri Measure Would Enact ‘Right to Try’ Drug Program For Dying Patients

If you were dying and had exhausted all conventional treatment options, wouldn’t you want immediate access to a drug that might prove to be a miracle cure?

That’s the promise of legislation that, if signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, would make Missouri the third state in the country - after Colorado and Louisiana – to enact a so-called “Right to Try” law, which aims to get  investigational drugs into the hands of terminally ill patients as quickly as possible.

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Harvest Public Media
9:52 am
Thu December 12, 2013

FDA Pushing To Limit Livestock Antibiotics

Bob and Sandy Young's hog barn near Buckhart, Ill.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The FDA wants to phase out antibiotics in meat.

Regulators released a broad plan Wednesday, designed to prevent meat producers from using drugs that are also used to treat sick humans. That means some changes Midwest farmers and ranchers will have to get used to.

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8:15 am
Mon April 29, 2013

FDA Increases Inspections On Cantaloupe Farms

Credit Scott Bauer / USDA--Creative Commons

The Food and Drug Administration is ratcheting up inspections this year on cantaloupe farms and other processing facilities throughout the country. The increased scrutiny is in direct response to two large-scale outbreaks of deadly food borne bacteria.

Both outbreaks were tied directly to tainted cantaloupe. Salmonella on melons from Indiana and listeria on some from Colorado killed 36 people.

The repercussions were felt by cantaloupe growers throughout the country - including Michael Hirakata in Colorado’s Arkansas River valley.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:50 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

FDA To Fund Controversial Research Foundation

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says there is a desperate need to have the Reagan-Udall Foundation up and running.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 10:05 pm

A nonprofit foundation set up to support scientific research of interest to the Food and Drug Administration is finally starting to take off after years of struggling financially — and it's about to get some long-promised funding from the FDA.

But some critics worry that this foundation, which will also raise money from private sources including industry, could provide a way for the food and medical industries to sway FDA decisions.

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7:25 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 23, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Governor Nixon: Avoid Tuition Hikes Despite Budget Cuts
  • MODOT Looks To Private Sector Not Voters For I-70 Tolls
  • Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use

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