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FDA chief seeks new powers to police pharmacies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The country's top medical regulator is preparing to tell Congress that new laws are needed to police large specialty pharmacies like the one at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak.
Testimony released ahead of the first congressional hearing on the incident shows that Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will ask lawmakers to give her agency more authority and funding to oversee compounding pharmacies. She plans to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
About 440 people have been sickened by contaminated steroid shots distributed by New England Compounding Center, and more than 32 deaths have been reported. Congress is meeting to consider new restrictions on compounding pharmacies, which currently operate in a legal gray area between state and federal regulation.
Posted: Thursday, November 15 2012, 06:56 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Grand River Dam officials urge safe boating
May 20, 2013 07:12 GMT
LANGLEY, Okla. (AP) -- Officials with the Grand River Dam Authority are urging boaters to wear their life jackets and engage in other safe boating practices.
The agency is marking National Safe Boating Week by issuing safety reminders and noting that fatal consequences can result from careless practices on the water.
Statistics show that 70 percent of people who died in boating accidents in 2011 drowned. Among those victims, 84 percent were not wearing life jackets.
Officials say they could reduce the number of fatalities if boaters simply wear their floatation devices.
Last week, two University of Arkansas students died in a boating accident on Grand Lake.
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From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..Tornado Watch currently in effect for central and eastern Oklahoma until 11pm tonight. Temps will drop to the mid to upper 60s for the metro. ...
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.