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World’s first device for premature babies with heart defect gains FDA approval

The device, which is smaller than a pea and made by Abbott Laboratories, can be implanted in babies weighing as little as 2 pounds. It’s designed to treat babies with …


Concussion-detection device developed by Minnesota doctor gets FDA OK

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new medical device invented by a Twin Cities neurosurgeon to detect signs of concussion by tracking a patient’s eye movements.


FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill …


FDA approves ‘precision medicine’ drug for different cancers with same mutation

The medication, called Vitrakvi, is the second treatment to receive FDA clearance based on a common biomarker found in an array of cancers. The drug, also called larotrectinib, was approved …


U.S. officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels

The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

FDA plans overhaul of decades-old medical device system

U.S. health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation’s decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

FDA signals crackdown on flavored cigars to reduce youth use of tobacco

Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, signaled Tuesday the agency plans action against flavored cigars – products that are especially popular among African American teens – as …


E-cigarettes to face new sales limits from FDA, says official

E-cigarettes will face strict new limits imposed by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a senior FDA official, restricting sales of many popular fruit flavors amid what the agency …


Generic drugmakers get boost as FDA moves to help copycats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to bring more complex – thus more profitable – generic drugs to market, throwing a crucial lifeline …


FDA approves HPV vaccine for people up to 45

The Food and Drug Administration expanded its approval of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, an effort to protect more people from several types …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

FDA seizes e-cigarette documents in surprise inspection of Juul Labs HQ

The Food and Drug Administration seized more than 1,000 pages of documents in a surprise inspection of e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, the latest indication of an intensifying crackdown on underage …


FDA to bolster cybersecurity of medical devices

After a series of computer security problems in medical devices, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make sure companies do as much as possible to defend against …


Cow’s milk was added to Almond Breeze, FDA says, sparking a recall in 28 states

In the decades-long war over milk – with purveyors of cow juice on one side and the people who make an increasing array of ecru-colored plant- and nut-based drinks on …


FDA investigating possible link between grain-free dog food and heart disease

Dog food containing potatoes, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes as main ingredients – often marketed as “grain-free” to appeal to health-conscious pet owners who are willing to pay a premium …


FDA approves new pill to reduce pain from endometriosis

A new treatment for pain caused by endometriosis was approved Tuesday by U.S. regulators.


Everyone thinks they’ve won the battle over the word ‘milk’

Can you call it “milk” if it didn’t come from a mammalian breast? That’s a question the Food and Drug Administration plans to take up soon.


Sue Lani Madsen: Alternative milk sounds healthy, but it really is just fake

A one word substitution in last Saturday’s print edition of this column launched a lively social media discussion on fake foods.


Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called? That question has yet to be decided by regulators, but for the moment, it’s pitting …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

‘Step up soon’ on underage vaping, FDA chief tells tobacco companies

Tobacco companies need to step up efforts to stop kids from vaping, according to a warning from U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and …


U.S. approves first drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

U.S. agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.


FDA orders recall of salmonella-tainted herbal supplement

A Las Vegas company was ordered to pull its herbal supplements off the market because some of its products tested positive for salmonella, part of a nationwide outbreak linked to …


Drug companies want Supreme Court to take eye drop dispute

Eye drop users everywhere have had it happen. Tilt your head back, drip a drop in your eye and part of that drop always seems to dribble down your cheek.


U.S. regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of …


US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of …


FDA begins anti-smoking push to cut nicotine in cigarettes

Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren’t addictive.


House vote nears on GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs

A Republican bill easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses headed toward a House vote Tuesday, but opposition by top Democrats and scores of patients’ groups …


Herbal supplement gains popularity despite FDA concerns

An herbal supplement known as kratom is becoming popular in some North Dakota communities despite concerns from the Federal Drug Administration.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

FDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man’s methadone’

The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products in an effort to curb abuse by people with drug …