The Information Hub

Hosted by Linda Kauppinen
Group active since Thu, Mar 13, 2014

This group is for everyone who is concerned about what is in their food these days. It will be information on GMOs, Gluten and Steroid Hormones just to name a few, all of which is a controversial subject in regards to the food that we eat everyday. I welcome anyone and everyone who would love to share positive information on these subjects. If you DO NOT care as to what chemicals go into your food, DO NOT have an open mind,or you DO NOT believe that there is a problem with our current food supply, I'm sorry to say that this group is not for you.
This is a place for all of the like minded or open minded individuals to get together and discuss the current problems with our food and the ways for us to work around it. I have adopted a favorite saying from Chef Andy that is so very true and that is "Knowledge is Power!!!!".
I have only a couple rules...
Rule 1. Play nice in the sand box! (not everyone will be in agreement 100% of the time)But, lets be adults and keep discussions civil. Meaning no bashing or nastiness. This will not be tolerated! If I see it, I will moderate this group strictly. This could mean either the removal of the comment/post and/or being removed from the group.
Rule 2. Have fun with good conversations with good friends on the subject matter.

Linda Kauppinen
Jan 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!!

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year of cooking!!

Sharon Colyer
Dec 1, 2017

Why Didn't They Tell Us Before Thanksgiving?

The bone-chilling reason should never rinse your thanksgiving turkey...

Sharon Colyer
Jul 6, 2017

Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse


The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it's being abused.

Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills, approved for use in patients with severe, constant pain, after consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's the first opioid drug that the FDA has sought to remove from the market due to abuse.

The drugmaker said in a statement that the extended-release opioid is safe and effective when used as intended, and that Endo still believes Opana ER's benefits outweigh its risks.

But last month, the FDA said it had concluded the drug is too risky. The agency said it had seen a "significant shift" from people crushing and snorting the pill to get high to injecting it instead. Besides contributing to overdoses, abuse of Opana ER was blamed for a 2015 outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C in southern Indiana linked to sharing needles, according to the FDA.

Opana ER got U.S. approval in 2006. In 2012, Endo changed the drug's formulation to try to make it harder to abuse. The FDA approved sales of the new version but refused to let Endo market it as abuse deterrent.

The agency asked the company to stop selling Opana ER after its advisers, reviewing its safety at a March hearing, voted 18-8 against keeping it on the market.

Dublin, Ireland-based Endo, which has U.S. headquarters in the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, said it will work with the FDA to try to minimize disruption for patients, who will need to switch to alternative treatments.

Endo primarily makes generic medicines, as well as a number of brand-name specialty drugs. Endo reported that Opana ER last year posted net sales of $159 million. The company said it will take a pre-tax charge of about $20 million to write off the drug's remaining value.

As of June, there were no generic versions of the reformulated Opana ER on the market, according to the FDA, but two generics of earlier versions are on sale, called oxymorphone.
The agency said it would also review other opioid painkillers and could take further action.

U.S.-traded shares of Endo fell 1.9 percent to $11.17 Thursday, more than twice the rate of decline on a down day for the broader markets. When the FDA urged Endo to pull Opana ER on June 8, company shares plunged 13.4 percent.