Stories tagged: FDA
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 …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 12:35 p.m.
FDA approves first muscular dystrophy drug; awaits proof it works
Federal regulators on Monday granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication.
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 11:43 a.m.
FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives
Health officials are warnings doctors and patients about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, which can lead to breathing problems, coma …
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
U.S. approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving final approval for a field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.
Tue., July 5, 2016, noon
FDA approves first dissolving stent for U.S. patients
WASHINGTON – A medical implant that slowly dissolves into the body could be the answer to long-standing safety concerns with devices used to treat clogged arteries. But not so fast, …
Tue., June 28, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C
Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of …
Sat., June 25, 2016, 8:53 p.m.
Arsenic found in apple juice from Yakima Valley processor
The federal Food and Drug Administration says arsenic has been found at nearly nine times the allowed limit in samples of apple juice from a Yakima Valley processor.
Thu., June 9, 2016, 4:44 p.m.
Investigator: FDA still taking months to recall tainted food
Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
FDA egg inspections resume, after halt from bird flu outbreak
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu …
Wed., June 1, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
FDA issues new guidelines on salt, pressuring food industry
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths …
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval
Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 9:48 p.m.
Makeover coming for food nutrition labels
Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
FDA OKs immunotherapy drugs for bladder, blood cancers
U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for bladder cancer that harnesses the body’s immune system, the first major advance in three decades against the most common type of bladder …
Fri., May 6, 2016
FDA’s vaping regulations long overdue
The greatest concern is the increasing number of young people who have been drawn to vaping. Many of them had never smoked before. Rather than kicking an old habit, they’re …