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19 Aug
Brain-Eating Amoeba May Have Caused Nebraska Child's Death

Brain-Eating Amoeba May Have Caused Nebraska Child's Death

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The death of a child in Nebraska was likely caused by an infection with a “brain-eating amoeba” that occurred after the child swam in a local river, state health officials announced this week.

In a

19 Aug
FDA Issues Warning to Maker of Illegal Nicotine Gummies

FDA Issues Warning to Maker of Illegal Nicotine Gummies

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned a maker of nicotine gummies to stop marketing what is an illegal product.

16 Aug
Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Should Be in Stores by October, FDA Says

Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Should Be in Stores by October, FDA Says

Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids will bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss by mid-October, under a landmark proposal just announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The

12 Aug
Common Diabetes Drug Januvia May Contain Traces of Carcinogen, FDA Says

Common Diabetes Drug Januvia May Contain Traces of Carcinogen, FDA Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The popular diabetes drug Januvia may contain traces of a probable carcinogen, but patients should keep using the medication because it could be dangerous to stop taking it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week. <...

10 Aug
U.S.-Russia Nuclear War Could Leave 5 Billion Dead Due to Famine

U.S.-Russia Nuclear War Could Leave 5 Billion Dead Due to Famine

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Even a "small" nuclear war, far short of a global conflict, could kill much of the world's population due to starvation, a new study projects.

Any nuclear war would have obviously devastating effects in the pla...

09 Aug
B 8/10 -- FDA Warns Amazon, Other Vendors About Sale of Skin Tag Removal Products

B 8/10 -- FDA Warns Amazon, Other Vendors About Sale of Skin Tag Removal Products

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued

21 Jul
FDA to Take a Hard Look at Its Food, Tobacco Programs

FDA to Take a Hard Look at Its Food, Tobacco Programs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin a comprehensive review of its food and tobacco programs amid a high-profile infant formula shortage and recent rulings on e-cigarettes.

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf first

18 Jul
More Hospitalizations, Illnesses From Daily Harvest Crumbles

More Hospitalizations, Illnesses From Daily Harvest Crumbles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says nearly 100 people have now been hospitalized and hundreds have become ill in at least 26 states after consuming a lentil-based product from Daily Harvest.

The fallout is mounting for the food delivery company, which first

14 Jul
Chicken Strips Dog Treats Recalled Due to Salmonella Danger

Chicken Strips Dog Treats Recalled Due to Salmonella Danger

Dog treats are being voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services reported July 6 that some Stormberg Foods LLC dog treats were contaminated with salmonella, which triggered

14 Jul
Florida Company Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Florida Company Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Big Olaf Creamery said Wednesday that it is recalling all flavors and all lots of Big Olaf brand ice cream products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

11 Jul
FDA Mulling Over-the-Counter Sale of Contraceptive Pill

FDA Mulling Over-the-Counter Sale of Contraceptive Pill

For decades, birth control pills in the United States have only been available with a prescription, but an application file...

08 Jul
Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

Bumble Bee Foods is recalling some canned, smoked clams because they contain high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The

07 Jul
U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

The Biden administration said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that international makers of baby formula can continue marketing their products in the United States, to avoid any infant formula shortage in the future.

The move to help foreign suppliers who have had ...

07 Jul
FDA Allows Pharmacists to Prescribe COVID Drug Paxlovid

FDA Allows Pharmacists to Prescribe COVID Drug Paxlovid

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 can now get the antiviral pill Paxlovid directly from their pharmacists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

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06 Jul
FDA Temporarily Suspends Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

FDA Temporarily Suspends Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday temporarily suspended its ban on e-cigarettes sold by Juul Labs while the company while appeals the agency's action.

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products wrote on

30 Jun
FDA Tells Vaccine Makers to Update Boosters to Target Omicron Subvariants

FDA Tells Vaccine Makers to Update Boosters to Target Omicron Subvariants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has asked vaccine makers to update their COVID-19 booster shots to target the Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5.

The two highly contagious subvariants now

29 Jun
Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those wi...

28 Jun
FDA Panel Supports Rollout of Tweaked Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer This Fall

FDA Panel Supports Rollout of Tweaked Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer This Fall

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants.

Because the virus mutates so quickly, the FDA may approve the new vaccine for...

27 Jun
FDA Panel to Weigh Improved Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer

FDA Panel to Weigh Improved Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will vote on Tue...

27 Jun
After Appeal, Court Rules Juul Can Still Sell E-Cigarettes for Now

After Appeal, Court Rules Juul Can Still Sell E-Cigarettes for Now

A federal appeals court has ruled that for now, Juul Labs can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes on the U.S. market.

The Friday ruling came in response to the company seeking a temporary emergency hold while it appeals a

23 Jun
FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes From US Market

FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes From US Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Lab's to pull its e-cigarettes off the American market.

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22 Jun
FDA to Ban Juul E-Cigarettes From U.S. Markets

FDA to Ban Juul E-Cigarettes From U.S. Markets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to pull Juul Lab's e-cigarettes off the American market.

The decision, which follows a two-year review of reams of data presented by the vaping company, could come as early as Wednesday, sources told the Wall Street Jou...

20 Jun
With CDC Approval, COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Ready for Delivery

With CDC Approval, COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Ready for Delivery

After a final sign-off on Saturday from the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 have finally become a reality.

"This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and m...

17 Jun
FDA Approves Pfizer, Moderna Shots for Those 5 and Under

FDA Approves Pfizer, Moderna Shots for Those 5 and Under

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the emergency use of both the Pfizer and

14 Jun
FDA Panel to Weigh Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6 to 17

FDA Panel to Weigh Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6 to 17

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel will decide on Tuesday whether to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

The panel will

13 Jun
Another Study Finds Ivermectin Useless Against COVID-19

Another Study Finds Ivermectin Useless Against COVID-19

Yet another study shows that ivermectin provides no benefits for COVID-19 patients, but researchers say they'll continue to study a higher dose of the drug.

Even though the drug used for parasitic infections in animals and people is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug...

13 Jun
New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

An experimental drug for the neurological disorder ALS was approved in Canada on Monday, but an ongoing evaluation of the t...

07 Jun
FDA Panel to Decide on Novavax COVID Vaccine

FDA Panel to Decide on Novavax COVID Vaccine

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel will weigh whether to recom...

25 May
Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since Febru...

23 May
Jif Peanut Butter Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

Jif Peanut Butter Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

Some lots of Jif brand peanut butter are being recalled as health officials investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness tied to the products.

Fourteen illnesses (including two hospitalizations) tied to the Salmonella Senftenberg strain of the bacteri...

19 May
Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan for...

12 May
Underwear That Guards Against STDs During Oral Sex? FDA Says Yes

Underwear That Guards Against STDs During Oral Sex? FDA Says Yes

The first underwear meant to protect against sexually transmitted infections during oral sex was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

Lorals -- which ...

03 May
FDA Warns of Counterfeit Home COVID-19 Test Kits

FDA Warns of Counterfeit Home COVID-19 Test Kits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to watch out for phony at-home, over-the-counter COVID-19 tests that look a lot like the real things.

The counterfeit test kits may put you at risk of unknowingly spreading the disease or not seeking appropriate...

28 Apr
FDA Proposes Ban on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

FDA Proposes Ban on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released proposed rules - first announced a year ago - to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

"The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers qui...

20 Apr
FDA Warns 12 Companies About Skin Lightening Products

FDA Warns 12 Companies About Skin Lightening Products

Twelve companies have been issued warning letters about selling over-the-counter skin lightening products containing hydroquinone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.

The products are unapproved drugs that are not recognized as safe and effective, ac...

15 Apr
Who Are the New 'Patient Influencers' on Social Media?

Who Are the New 'Patient Influencers' on Social Media?

Disability activist Gem Hubbard regularly shares her insights about life in a wheelchair with more than 75,000 Instagram followers, under the handle @wheelsnoheels_, and her YouTube videos boast more than 3.7 million hits.

Hubbard, who hails from the U.K., is "increasing...

15 Apr
FDA Approves First Breath Test for COVID

FDA Approves First Breath Test for COVID

People who suspect they may have COVID-19 could soon find out with a simple breath test that delivers results in three minutes.

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization for a device called the InspectIR Covid-19 Breathalyz...

15 Apr
New Law Allows FDA to Police E-Cigs Made With Synthetic Nicotine

New Law Allows FDA to Police E-Cigs Made With Synthetic Nicotine

A new law will ensure that vaping companies making electronic cigarettes using synthetic nicotine, in fruit flavors that a...

13 Apr
J&J to Pay Over $300 Million in Pelvic Mesh Case

J&J to Pay Over $300 Million in Pelvic Mesh Case

Johnson & Johnson must pay $302 million to the state of California for deceptive marketing of pelvic mesh implants for women, an appeals court ruled...

05 Apr
FDA Warns of U.S. Norovirus Cases Linked to Canadian Oysters

FDA Warns of U.S. Norovirus Cases Linked to Canadian Oysters

The United States and Canada are investigating a multistate outbreak of norovirus illnesses linked to raw oysters from Canada.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell these potentially contaminated raw oysters, which were harvested in the south and central par...

29 Mar
FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

Despite months of intense lobbying by patient advocates, federal health officials on Monday posted a largely negative review of an experimental drug for the devastating illness known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In an

28 Mar
Stakes Are High Ahead of FDA Panel Vote on ALS Drug

Stakes Are High Ahead of FDA Panel Vote on ALS Drug

Advocacy groups are pressing U.S. federal regulators to fast-track approval of an experimental drug treatment for the deadly neurological disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), with a decision expected this week.

The push to approve the drug, so far just called

25 Mar
FDA Authorizes More E-Cigarette Products

FDA Authorizes More E-Cigarette Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized several tobacco-flavored vaping products made by the company Logic on Thursday, and added that it would soon announce whether other big-name brands can continue to sell their products in this country.

The agency said it ha...

08 Mar
FDA Says Gene-Edited Cattle Are Safe to Eat

FDA Says Gene-Edited Cattle Are Safe to Eat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday gave the green light to the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle.

"Today's decision underscores our commitment to using a risk and science-based, data-driven process that focuses on safety to the animals containing intentio...

23 Feb
Rodent Infestation Spurs Product Recall by Family Dollar Stores

Rodent Infestation Spurs Product Recall by Family Dollar Stores

A wide range of human food, pet food, medical devices and drug products have been recalled by Family Dollar Inc. due to the risk of salmonella and other hazards associated with a rodent infestation at a co...

23 Feb
FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another pointed warning about the dangers posed by tianeptine, an antidepressant that is not

18 Feb
FDA Warns of Infant Formula Powders Tied to Infections

FDA Warns of Infant Formula Powders Tied to Infections

Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

"As this is a product used as the sole source ...

15 Feb
U.S. Senate Narrowly Confirms Califf to Head FDA

U.S. Senate Narrowly Confirms Califf to Head FDA

In a tight vote, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Dr. Robert Califf to once again head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ending the agency's year-long stretch without a permanent leader.

Six Republicans crossed over to support Califf in the Senate's 50-46 vote, ...

11 Feb
FDA Panel Rejects Lilly's Cancer Drug Tested Only in China

FDA Panel Rejects Lilly's Cancer Drug Tested Only in China

A new lung cancer drug that has only been tested in China was soundly rejected by an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

Known as sintilimab, the treatment is a type of immunotherapy that unleashes the immune system to attack...

05 Feb
CDC Backs Full Approval of Moderna COVID Vaccine

CDC Backs Full Approval of Moderna COVID Vaccine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday gave its full approval to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for use in people 18 and older.

This follows a similar move made Jan. 31 by its sister agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The vaccine, wh...