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U.S. finds contaminant in popular heartburn drug

WASHINGTON – U.S. health officials are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related drugs. For now, the Food and Drug Administration …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

The number of breathing illnesses reported among people who vape is growing. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states.

Canadians worried by plan to let Americans import drugs

A U.S. plan to let Americans legally import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada is causing concern among Canadians that it could cause shortages of some medications.

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

FDA food testing finds contamination by ‘forever chemicals’

The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according …

Food poisoning remains persistent problem, US report finds

As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Deregulation effort could slice rules for frozen cherry pies

Federal officials are preparing to get rid of decades-old rules for labeling frozen cherry pies.

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: 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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

Clark County among first in U.S. to link salmonella outbreak to tuna

Clark County Public Health officials were among the first to identify a nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to tuna loins and tuna steaks.

Jan Gee: Independent grocers need flexibility in labeling

We need some flexibility so we can give shoppers the calorie information they want without breaking the bank.

FDA to target addictive levels of nicotine in cigarettes

U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the agency’s staff to develop new regulations on nicotine. The FDA has had the power since 2009 to regulate …

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, …

UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

Trump to select Scott Gottlieb, a physician with deep drug-industry ties, to run the FDA

President Trump is expected to pick Scott Gottlieb, a conservative physician and businessman with deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry, to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a …

Sabra recalls hummus amid listeria contamination fears

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

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.

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 …

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 …

Experimenting on humans? Injecting bone cement into patients draws lawsuit

Families have filed lawsuits against Dr. Jens Chapman, companies Norian and Synthes, the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center and Washington state. The lawsuits claim Chapman knew bone cement caused …

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: 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.

New produce safety rules aim to prevent illness outbreaks

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration wants you to eat your fruits and vegetables. They also want the produce to be safe. Long-awaited rules announced Friday by the Food and Drug …

McMorris Rodgers pushes ‘common sense’ nutrition bill at Spokane Valley pizzeria

Pizzerias and convenience stores should have more flexible ways to post their nutritional information, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers argued at a Domino’s in Spokane Valley on Thursday.

Spokane defendant to help feds in ‘miracle’ elixir case

A Nine Mile Falls man implicated in the international sale of industrial bleach as a “miracle” cure for HIV, cancer and other diseases will aid federal prosecutors in the investigation …

Nine Mile Falls man implicated in sale of bleach as miracle drug

A Nine Mile Falls man implicated in the international sale of industrial bleach as a “miracle” cure for HIV, cancer and other diseases will aid federal prosecutors in the investigation …