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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Panera calls for federal crackdown on eggs in its competitors’ breakfast sandwiches

The company has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to update its 40-year-old definition of the word to exclude most of the processed egg products that have become popular with …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

U.S. panel rejects marketing plan for heated tobacco device

U.S. government experts have rejected a proposal from Philip Morris International to sell its “heat-not-burn” tobacco device as a lower-risk alternative to cigarettes that reduces disease.


Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes—and save Big Tobacco

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the …


U.S. OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

U.S. health officials to target high-risk alternative remedies

U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and …


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …