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Despite risks and expense, FDA approves Gardasil for boys

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which informs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on vaccine use and policy, declined to advocate for Gardasil’s systematic and widespread use in boys and men. The human papilloma virus, or HPV, does not present the same risks of cancer in males as it does in females, but it can lead to the development genital warts. Although the committee did not press for the use of Gardasil in men, it did advise U.S. doctors to use the vaccine at their discretion. It also recommended that the shot be included in the federally funded Vaccines ... Read More

FDA warns consumers about herbal enhancement pills

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers yesterday that the dietary supplement Stiff Nights contains sulfoaildenafil, a chemical compound similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient found in Viagra. When combined with prescription nitrates, including nitroglycerin, sildenafil can cause blood pressure to drop dangerously. Stiff Nights is manufactured by Impulsaria LLC of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is sold in retail stores and on various websites in bottles containing 6, 12, or 30 red capsules. The product is also available in blister packs that contain one or two capsules. According to the product’s website, Stiff Nights “works using natural ingredients to stimulate ... Read More