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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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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. …


Tough talk won’t lower drug prices

If prices don’t come down, and quickly, Trump should back up his tough talk with action.


Sabra recalls hummus amid listeria contamination fears

Some varieties of Sabra hummus are being recalled amid concerns over possible listeria contamination.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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, …


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 5, 2016, 6:06 p.m.

FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting …


FDA investigates listeria outbreak after frozen food recall

A listeria outbreak that led to a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables is being investigated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control …


First widely available Zika test OK’d for emergency use

The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week.


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.