By Katherine Hobson
Orange Juice Worries: Coca-Cola said it found an unapproved fungicide in some of it and its competitors’ orange juice imported from Brazil, though it wouldn’t identify the brands, the WSJ reports. Coke makes Simply Orange and Minute Maid. The FDA is testing OJ from supermarket shelves for the fungicide, but the EPA said consumption of juice that includes fungicide at the levels that have been reported doesn’t raise health concerns.
Polio Milestone: India has gone a full year without any reported cases of polio, the Associated Press reports. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria would be the only countries where polio is considered endemic if no cases from the last year in India turn up, the AP says. The country’s health minister says vaccination must continue to keep the virus at bay.
Warning Letter: The FDA warned Johnson & Johnson that the company’s failure to report problems with insulin pumps made by its Animas Corp. unit could mean fines and an injunction, Dow Jones Newswires reports. J&J said it is “dedicated” to resolving the FDA’s concerns; the company says some patients have experienced deterioration of the keypads on the pumps.
Healthier Beneficiaries: Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that Medicare Advantage plans that offer gym memberships tend to attract healthier beneficiaries, Kaiser Health News’ Capsules blog reports. The study can’t tell whether health plans intended that effect or simply wanted to boost market share, Capsules says. The plans aren’t allowed to select seniors based on health status.