Abbott Laboratories' weight loss pill Meridia increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with existing heart disease, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The results will be reviewed at a meeting of the Food and Drug Administration next month, when officials will weigh whether the medication should remain on the market. European regulators last year pulled the drug from pharmacy shelves based on a preliminary review of the study. Abbott has said Meridia will generate $100 million this year in worldwide sales.
Forest Service reviews reward for ranger
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. —The U.S. Forest Service is reviewing whether an eastern Arizona ranger whose tip led to the capture of two of the most wanted fugitives in America can receive $27,500 in reward money under the agency's ethics guidelines.
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Apache Sitgreaves National Forest spokeswoman Pam Baltimore said Wednesday that local forest officials would like to see the ranger get the money. But she said tentative word from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Forest Service, is that he cannot.
Ethics guidelines generally prevent forest employees from receiving gifts over $25, she said.
"If it's a negative response from them as far as federal policy dictates, there's nothing we can do," Baltimore said. She added the ranger wishes to remain anonymous.