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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.


FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens

Government health regulators will team up with minor league baseball teams as part of a new campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco.


Global warming making U.S. sick, report says

The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.


FDA: Women can take abortion pill later; pare clinic visits

Women will be able to take the so-called abortion pill later in a pregnancy and with fewer doctor visits under a new federal label for the drug that undermines several …


FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus.


Senate effort to block food labeling of modified food stalls

The Senate, on a 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling of genetically modified …


Senate confirms Robert Califf as head of FDA

The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.


FDA sets guidelines to protect blood supply from Zika

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending U.S. blood banks refuse donations from people who have travelled to countries where the Zika virus is active in the prior four weeks, …


McMorris Rodgers bill on calorie labeling passes House of Representatives

A bill that would ease the regulatory requirements of small food businesses to provide calorie information for menu items, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, passed the House of Representatives, …


Obama’s FDA pick being blocked by Democratic senator

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey said in a statement that he has put a hold on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, the No. 2 official at the agency who was …


FDA investigation showed sprout farm had sanitation issues

Federal inspectors found numerous sanitation problems at a North Idaho sprouts grower linked to a recent E. coli outbreak. U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspections in the past three weeks …


FDA finds problems at N. Idaho sprouts grower

Federal inspectors found numerous sanitation problems at a North Idaho sprouts grower linked to a recent E. coli outbreak.


Some would like to redefine high blood pressure

Another medical guideline. Another controversy. This time, a group of experts wants to redefine high blood pressure – it’s now OK for some of us to be a little higher, …


Hydrocodone restrictions wanted by FDA

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in …


Year after FDA blamed outbreak on Evergreen Produce, founders still baffled

BONNERS FERRY – When agents from the federal Food and Drug Administration knocked on the door of Nadine Scharf’s North Idaho sprout-growing business last summer, she had no problem letting …


McMorris Rodgers boosts medical device industry in FDA bill

WASHINGTON – American companies that make medical devices would face fewer restrictions and have a better chance of competing against foreign competitors under a section of a bill passed Wednesday …