Stories tagged: FDA
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 1:46 p.m.
FDA approves diabetes drug that also helps with weight loss
U.S. regulators have approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose weight.
Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 7:59 a.m.
FDA approves first-of-a-kind test for cancer gene profiling
U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what’s driving a patient’s tumor and …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
U.S. health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings
WASHINGTON – U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a …
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 11:26 a.m.
Trump administration moves ahead with Obama menu-label law on calorie counts
The Trump administration is moving ahead with Obama-era requirements to post calorie counts in restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains nationwide next year.
Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
AstraZeneca wins U.S. approval for lymphoma drug
U.S. regulators have approved a new treatment for people with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus
A new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles has been approved by U.S. regulators.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science
The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some women’s health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
FDA: ‘Love’ is not a real ingredient in bakery’s granola
A Massachusetts bakery’s granola may be made with love, but federal officials say it shouldn’t be listed as an ingredient on the package.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
ACLU sues to challenge FDA limits on access to abortion pill
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Tuesday in a challenge to federal restrictions that limit many women’s access to the so-called abortion pill.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
FDA targets ‘rogue’ websites illegally selling opioids, other prescription drugs
The Food and Drug Administration has targeted more than 500 websites it said were illegally selling unapproved versions of prescription medications, including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products, the agency …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
EpiPen maker failed to investigate product failures associated with patient deaths, FDA says
The makers of the EpiPen failed to properly investigate more than 100 complaints that the device misfired during life-threatening emergencies — including situations in which patients later died, according to …
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 2:54 p.m.
MDMA, born as club drug Ecstasy, is ‘breakthrough therapy’ for PTSD
Just as cannabis is gaining traction as a legitimate treatment option for military veterans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the “breakthrough therapy” designation to MDMA – the …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
U.S. senators call on FDA to ban sale of menthol cigarettes
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes, arguing that tobacco companies disproportionately target African-Americans when they market and promote the cigarettes.
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017
FDA’s war on pricey drugs a good start
The FDA’s power to reduce the price of prescription drugs is limited, but its campaign to use generics to foster greater competition deserves wide support.
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 8 p.m.
Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers
An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, …
Tue., July 11, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
First gene therapy – ’a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval
When doctors saw the report on Bill Ludwig’s bone-marrow biopsy, they thought it was a mistake and ordered the test repeated. But the results came back the same: His lethal …
UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 4:35 p.m.
Computer-simulated tests eyed at FDA to cut drug approval costs
Computer simulations may get a role alongside human testing as part of an effort to bring new medications and medical devices to market more quickly and cheaply.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly …
Tue., June 27, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
FDA takes steps to boost generic competition, limit prices
The Food and Drug Administration said it’s taking steps to boost the number of generic prescription drugs on the market in an effort to make medicines more affordable and to …
Fri., June 16, 2017, 4 a.m.
Snacks with added fiber a part of Nutrition Facts delay
The Food and Drug Administration says added ingredients need to have a health benefit to be counted as fiber on the new panel. And many ingredients that are currently used …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
FDA approves new, cheaper rival to EpiPen allergy shot
The agency on Thursday approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s product, which should go on sale later this year.
UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
FDA delays rule requiring new nutrition facts panel on food
The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a rule that would require food companies to label their products with a revised nutrition facts panel.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Blood tests may have significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn
Federal officials are warning that some blood tests may have “significantly” underestimated lead levels, and they are urging the retesting of some children, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:08 p.m.
Trump’s pick to lead FDA is confirmed by Senate
The U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb as President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, putting in place a commissioner who has ties to pharmaceutical industry and …
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Avoid fake ‘miracle’ cancer treatments sold on internet, FDA warns
U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
FDA approves 1st drug for moderate & severe eczema cases
U.S. regulators have approved the first powerful, injected medicine to treat serious cases of the skin condition eczema.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants
Nine deaths from a very rare kind of cancer have been linked to breast implants, indicating a very low but increased risk in women with implants, according to the U.S. …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017
Tough talk won’t lower drug prices
If prices don’t come down, and quickly, Trump should back up his tough talk with action.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 9:12 a.m.
Sabra recalls hummus amid listeria contamination fears
Some varieties of Sabra hummus are being recalled amid concerns over possible listeria contamination.
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 5:08 p.m.
FDA panels urge stronger minimum dosages of naloxone
A rise in overdose deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl and other powerful additives prompted two federal advisory committees on Wednesday to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize …