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U.S. regulators have warned people not to consume tianeptine products, including Neptune’s Fix. The substance is prescribed as an antidepressant in some European, Asian and Latin American countries.
An emergency ban of tianeptine took effect last year. Now, legislators want to write it into state law.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor wants experts and the FDA to testify about the herb after a Tampa Bay Times investigation.
Data showed contamination from a firefighter college reached Lowell Correctional Institute. State officials did nothing for months.
The case was reported in an adult age 20-24. As of Tuesday, the state now has 10 cases of the disease.

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  1. The District Six Medical Examiner serving Pinellas and Pasco counties is headquartered in the Forensic Science Center, 10900 Ulmerton Road, in Largo.
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends all children get two doses of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, at least 28 days apart, with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at ages 4 through 6.
  3. Dr. Shyam Varadarajulu, president of Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute, demonstrates endoscopic ultrasound technology, on Wednesday.
  4. U.S. regulators have warned people not to consume tianeptine products, including Neptune’s Fix. The substance is prescribed as an antidepressant in some European, Asian and Latin American countries.
  5. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, wants congressional lawmakers to probe kratom, a virtually unregulated substance that is widely available across Florida, including at smoke shops and gas stations.
  6. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., leaves the chamber after the Republican-controlled House voted along party lines to censure Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
  7. The Lowell Correctional Institution, a women's prison in unincorporated Marion County, is shown in this drone photo. Inmates at the facility say they weren't told about potential chemicals in the ground water and grievances filed to get bottled water or filtration systems were denied.
  8. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo gestures as speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines.
  9. A one-dose bottle of the measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine. To prevent measles, the CDC recommends children get two doses of the vaccine, with a first dose at ages 12 through 15 months, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.
  10. David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs, sits in his home office. Beside him are some of the many drugs he takes to treat multiple myeloma and other conditions. (Arthur Allen/KFF Health News)
  11. The Atlanta skyline is seen. A new study from Emory University researchers using tissue donated by metro Atlanta residents has found an association between traffic-related air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The study does not prove air pollution causes Alzheimer’s, but it found an association between exposure to air pollution caused by traffic and signs of Alzheimer’s in brain tissue.
  12. Protesters rally at the Ohio Statehouse in support of abortion rights after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.
  13. Clearwater businessman Leo Govoni, center, is accused by a St. Petersburg nonprofit that administers trust funds for the medically needy, of taking $100 million in an unauthorized loan.
  14. IDEA Exchange Pinellas, a harm reduction program in St. Petersburg, collects used syringes at 1525 16th St. S. Suite 3. The needle exchange has seen wounds linked to xylazine, a horse sedative found in the illicit fentanyl supply.
  15. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is to be rebranded in March to reflect the name of its owner, Orlando Health.
  16. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo attends a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Feb. 23, 2023. Earlier this month, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.
  17. Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, Dunnagan finally qualified for the state-federal health insurance program, which covers people with low incomes. “The financial security is huge,” he says. (KATHLEEN DALEY)
  18. Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner, right, and President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo are pictured in 2023.
  19. In its Feb. 9 bankruptcy filing, the The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration states that the group’s founder, Leo Govoni, took money from more than 1,500 trust funds through an unsanctioned loan to the Boston Finance Group, a company he owned.
  20. The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, a nonprofit that manages trust funds for individuals with complex medical needs, including victims of road accidents and medical malpractice, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the loss of $100 million that it says was taken in an unsanctioned loan by the nonprofit's founder, Leo Govoni. It is located at the Roosevelt Lakes office building at 12425 28th St. in St. Petersburg.
  21. Saul Lipsman, 78, relinquished the podiatric physician license he’d held since Feb. 11, 1971.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right,  hold a news conference in Del Rio, Texas, on July 17, 2021, to talk about an effort to enforce the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
  23. A Fort Myers doctor supervised over a month of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer on a woman's left side. But the cancer was on her right side.
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