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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tinsA drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness – in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”



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Autopsy finds gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas took anti-anxiety drug

Autopsy finds gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas took anti-anxiety drugThe autopsy also confirmed that the gunman, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired real estate investor and high-stakes gambler, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the newspaper said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office declined to immediately respond to a request from Reuters seeking a copy of the report, which the Review-Journal said it obtained after a judge ordered the medical examiner to release it last week to news organizations. Paddock strafed a crowd of outdoor concertgoers with rapid-fire gunshots from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel the night of Oct. 1 before police stormed his room to find him dead amid a large cache of high-powered weapons and ammunition.



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Teva warns on 2018 profit, may face migraine drug delays

Teva warns on 2018 profit, may face migraine drug delaysBy Tova Cohen and Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Thursday said its 2018 results would be weaker than expected and that it might encounter delays for an important new migraine drug, pushing the drugmaker’s shares down more than 9 percent. Israel-based Teva, the world’s largest generic drugmaker, is facing price erosion, fierce competition for its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone and a consolidating customer base, particularly in the United States. It also said that the approval and launch of its migraine drug fremanezumab, one of two drugs the company pegged to help return it to growth in the future, could be delayed by an FDA warning letter received by manufacturer Celltrion, which will supply the drug to Teva.



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Trump's 24-Year-Old Deputy Drug Czar To Resign After Questions Over Work History

Trump's 24-Year-Old Deputy Drug Czar To Resign After Questions Over Work HistoryTaylor Weyeneth, a controversial member of the Trump administration who came under scrutiny in early January over his lack of qualifications, will resign his post later this month, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday evening.



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Trump's Deputy Drug Czar Is A 24-Year-Old With A Flimsy Work History

Trump's Deputy Drug Czar Is A 24-Year-Old With A Flimsy Work HistoryA 24-year-old appointed to a top position in the White House drug policy office has come under scrutiny in recent days for his scanty résumé and lack of qualifications.



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N.J. Doctor Allegedly Had Radio Host Wife Murdered — to Protect Drug Ring He Ran With Biker Gang

N.J. Doctor Allegedly Had Radio Host Wife Murdered — to Protect Drug Ring He Ran With Biker GangA well-known doctor is facing a litany of criminal charges in New Jersey, where he’s accused of hiring someone to murder his wife — a popular radio talk show host



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Doctor Had Wife Killed to Keep Her Quiet About Opioid Drug Ring, Police Say

Doctor Had Wife Killed to Keep Her Quiet About Opioid Drug Ring, Police SayApril Kauffman was a local radio host



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An Australian Grandmother Was Charged With Drug Trafficking in Malaysia. She Just Escaped a Death Sentence

An Australian Grandmother Was Charged With Drug Trafficking in Malaysia. She Just Escaped a Death SentenceAn Australian grandmother who was detained with more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in Kuala Lumpur has been cleared of drug trafficking, a charge that in Malaysia carries a mandatory death penalty if convicted.



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US govt to review Obama administration handling of Hezbollah drug initiative

US govt to review Obama administration handling of Hezbollah drug initiativeUS Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered an investigation into allegations that the Obama administration undermined efforts to target Hezbollah drug trafficking. The announcement comes after Politico reported that Project Cassandra, a program targeting trafficking by Iran-backed Hezbollah that could have undermined the push for a nuclear deal with Tehran, was “derailed” by the administration of former president Barack Obama.



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Groom in rare cross-border wedding is a drug smuggler

Groom in rare cross-border wedding is a drug smugglerSAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a heartwarming scene: A U.S. citizen, forbidden to enter Mexico, wed the love of his life in a brief moment when the gate separating the two countries was opened.



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