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FDA Investigating 5 Deaths Following Obesity Procedure

The procedure involves placing silicone balloons in the stomach

(Newser) - The FDA is investigating after five people have died since 2016 following an anti-obesity procedure involving silicone balloons, the Washington Post reports. The procedure, which is FDA-approved, involves inserting one or two silicone balloons into the stomach through the mouth and filling them with liquid until they are about the... More »

FDA Proposes Cutting Nicotine Level in Cigarettes

Stocks of cigarette makers plunged after the announcement

(Newser) - For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive, the AP reports. US 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... More »

Researchers Finger Supplement That's Especially Risky for Kids

Scientists are issuing a warning about yohimbe

(Newser) - A Journal of Medical Toxicology study of calls made to poison control centers over the past 12 years finds one herbal supplement to be particularly concerning. Of those calls, the ones with the biggest proportion of serious medical outcomes had to do with yohimbe tree bark extract, NBC News reports.... More »

The 'Open Secret' About Drug Expiration Dates

They may still be effective years after they expire, researchers say

(Newser) - Pharmacists who cringe when they have to toss expensive drugs once they expire may be interested to hear this drug dump may be unnecessary—and may be a contributing factor to big waste in the medical industry (estimated to be $765 billion a year), as well as the overall high... More »

New Cancer Treatment Called 'Most Exciting Thing I've Seen'

FDA unanimously approved it

(Newser) - "This is the most exciting thing I've seen in my lifetime," Dr. Timothy Cripe said Wednesday after voting in favor of a groundbreaking new cancer treatment. The oncologist and nine other members of a Food and Drug Administration panel voted unanimously to recommend approval of the treatment,... More »

FDA Takes Unprecedented Step to Fight Opioid Crisis

FDA asks pharma company to take opioid painkiller off the market

(Newser) - The FDA is asking an Irish pharmaceutical company to take one of its pain medications off the market because of its contributions to America's opioid epidemic, USA Today reports. The FDA says it's the first time it's ever asked a company to withdraw an opioid pain medication... More »

'Herbal' Coffee to Boost Sex Drive Recalled After User's Death

FDA finds 'natural' coffee contains same active ingredients as prescription drugs

(Newser) - Does a supposedly natural coffee that will improve your libido and sexual stamina using just herbs sound too good to be true? Well, it was. CaverFlo Natural Herbal Coffee, which promised to do just that, is being recalled after a consumer died after drinking it—and subsequent Food and Drug... More »

'Cauliflower Rice' Is Very Upsetting to Actual Rice

The mighty rice lobby is demanding the cauliflower people stop calling it 'rice'

(Newser) - "Only rice is rice, and calling 'riced vegetables' 'rice' is misleading and confusing to consumers," begins the latest agricultural throwdown, this one courtesy of the president of USA Rice. The lobbying group is understandably upset by what Quartz terms the "popularization of 'cauliflower rice'... More »

Groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis Drug Cleared by FDA

Ocrevus will be the first drug available to treat the more severe form of MS

(Newser) - A new drug that treats both the severe and the more common forms of multiple sclerosis in adult patients was approved by the FDA on Tuesday. Reuters and the AP report that after a three-month delay due to manufacturing concerns, Ocrevus will become accessible in the United States in two... More »

This Drug Just Got the FDA's OK—and an $89K Price Tag

Marathon Pharmaceuticals to sell deflazacort for $89K

(Newser) - A drug sold for years overseas to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy was OKed Thursday by the FDA to be sold in the US, but it comes at a high price. The Wall Street Journal reports the now-FDA-approved deflazacort will be offered by Marathon Pharmaceuticals for $89,000... More »

Don't Let Your Pets Near This Skin Cream

Fluorouracil killed 5 dogs who ate it: FDA

(Newser) - A skin cream used to prevent and treat skin cancer should be kept far away from pets after five dogs ate some and died, FDA officials warn. In one case, two dogs simply punctured a tube of fluorouracil—which kills fast-growing cells, including cancer cells, and is sold as Carac,... More »

FDA: Sorry, Camel Milk Is No Miracle Cure

California company gets a warning to tone down claims

(Newser) - One of the latest, pricey health fads is camel milk, and the FDA has made clear that it's none too pleased. That's because California company Desert Farms has been boasting that its product can cure (or at least mitigate) all kinds of ailments, from allergies to Crohn's... More »

FDA Bans Its Second Medical Device Ever

Powdered medical gloves have long been associated with allergies, inflammation

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has banned only the second medical device ever, and it's sort of an unlikely one: powdered medical gloves. Powder has for decades been added to (now a small minority) of latex medical gloves to help healthcare workers put them on and remove them more... More »

GMO Spuds Could Fend Off Another Irish Potato Famine

USDA OKs JR Simplot varieties that include resistance to late blight

(Newser) - Two potato varieties genetically engineered to withstand the bacteria that caused the Irish potato famine could soon be heading to dinner tables. The Department of Agriculture has approved planting of JR Simplot's Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties of Innate potatoes, reports the AP . The potatoes—which have only potato... More »

Parents Warned to Avoid This Type of Baby Teething Product

FDA says homeopathic tablets, gels may cause medical issues in babies

(Newser) - New parents will do almost anything to relieve their little ones' teething pain—but one thing the FDA says they shouldn't do is give their babies homeopathic teething products, Live Science reports. In a Sept. 30 statement , the FDA warns these "natural" tablets and gels found in some... More »

In 'Perplexing' Move, FDA Approves First Muscular Dystrophy Drug

Drug is controversial, not clear how effective it is

(Newser) - 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, the AP reports. The approval came despite an internal dispute among Food and Drug Administration officials that ultimately had to... More »

A Banned Chemical May Lurk in Your Toothpaste

Critics question FDA’s decision to forbid triclosan in soap but not in toothpaste

(Newser) - The FDA last week banned the use of a chemical from soap, but not from the nation’s top-selling toothpaste. Why? The New York Times reports it was because Colgate-Palmolive convinced the FDA that the benefits of triclosan are greater than the risks. Toothpaste containing the chemical "demonstrated to... More »

Popular Herbal Supplement Will Be Classified Like LSD

DEA is putting kratom on the list of Schedule 1 drugs

(Newser) - Heroin, marijuana, LSD, and ... kratom? The latter is a plant native to southeast Asia, and it's about to join the others on the most restrictive drug classification list in the US. The DEA said this week that kratom—specifically its active ingredients, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—will become a Schedule... More »

FDA: So Long, Antibacterial Soaps

Agency says antibacterial ingredients haven't been proven to be effective, safe

(Newser) - Companies that sell over-the-counter antibacterial soaps will have a year to clean up their acts—namely, to remove those products from shelves and stop marketing them, or take certain ingredients out of their products that the FDA now says are essentially ineffective, NBC News reports. Products containing 19 active ingredients—... More »

FDA Has New Reason You Can't Eat Cookie Dough

It's not the eggs this time, it's the E. coli-tainted flour

(Newser) - The FDA's latest kill-joy for thousands of kids (and their parents) who like to lick the bowl: Don't eat it . And not because of the raw eggs, which can be tied to salmonella poisoning, the Huffington Post notes. This time the culprit is raw flour, which has been... More »

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