Weekly Roundup – 06/20/08

J0182618Today is the longest day of the year I think, and it feels like it.  I have been a bit lazy about posting.  Re-entry after vacation has been a process.  However, the weather here in Washington, D.C. has been nothing short of absolutely beautiful. 

And here is a bit of what I thought was interesting this week:

  • FDA Approves Avodart in Combination with Flomax for Treatment of Prostate Cancer – GlaxoSmithKline  announced that the FDA has approved Avodart(dutasteride) in combination with tamsulosin for the treatment of symptomatic enlarged prostate.  One drug controls symptoms of frequent urination while the other shrinks the enlarged prostate.   
  • Congress Discovers YouTube – A few members of Congress, I’ve noted, have opened up YouTube accounts recently and are beginning to post videos.  Notably for us, one of them is none other than Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) who posted his first video – it being a clip of Lou Dobbs being highly critical of the way the FDA has handled the current salmonella issue.  It will be an intriguing to see what the Congressman thinks is worth watching.  I love his profile – Name – Bart; Interests and Hobbies – Reading, Golf and Baseball; Movies and Shows – ESPN; Music – Bruce Springstein.  He has posted one video and watched 32.  He has one subscriber – me.
  • J&J and American Red Cross Settle – During a week when the American Red Cross announced that its aid fund was "depleted" it was announced that the lawsuit Johnson & Johnson brought over the use of the Red Cross symbol has been settled.  Both organizations will continue to get to use the symbol.  "Both organizations have used the Red Cross emblem for over 100 years consistent with their respective missions, and both will be able to continue to use it in the same way going forward. "  This settlement came after a judge ruled that the ARC could continue to use the red cross symbol.
  • FDA Has U.S. Marshals Seize Pet Food at PETCO Distribution Center –  According to an FDA press release, "during an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation."  The distribution center was located in Illinois and served several states.

That’s it for this week.  Have a good weekend everyone. 

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