Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto Rico, a major area for drug-manufacturing plants, causing shortages of many drugs, including cancer and HIV drugs. The storms have also exacerbated the shortage of saline bags that started in 2014. With comments from our Yoram Unguru

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The Uncertain Hour Podcast explores food regulation and the story of Ruth Desmond AKA “Peanut Butter Grandma”. Featuring comments from our Angie Boyce.

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A first-of-its-kind treatment that fixes a mutated gene could soon be available in the US

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It has been four years since the federal government lifted the age limit for the morning-after pill, but college students across the country say gaining access to it remains fraught with confusion and difficulty

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Primatologist Jane Goodall has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration to pause a study of nicotine addiction in squirrel monkeys by writing a letter—in which she called the research “horrific”—to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

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A new paper in the latest issue of Health Affairs is worth a look. “Drugs Cleared Through The FDA’s Expedited Review Offer Greater Gains Than Drugs Approved By Conventional Process“

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John Zhang, a New York fertility doctor, wanted to push the boundaries of science and fertility by giving women at risk of passing on serious genetic conditions a chance at healthy kids through an IVF technique that uses the DNA of three people

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The US FDA currently forbids any use outside of a research setting. But recent history has shown that people who want access to such techniques “can find people willing to perform them in venues where they’re able to do so,” said Jeffrey Kahn, who directs Johns Hopkins University’s Berman Institute of Bioethics. “It will happen whether we discuss it or not, and we need to talk about these things before they happen, That’s now.”

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