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Chains Pull Zantac After FDA Finding

FDA is looking into presence of likely carcinogen

(Newser) - Walgreens and CVS have decided to stop selling Zantac in their stores, two weeks after the FDA said it found low levels of a likely carcinogen in some of the heartburn pills. The drugstore chains said the suspension of sales, which also applies to generics, will be in effect while... More »

FDA Unveils Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Tobacco companies blocked them once and are expected to try again

(Newser) - If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, cigarette labels in the US are about to get pretty graphic. The agency has unveiled 13 proposed warning labels that would be prominently featured on cigarette packs and in cigarette advertising if approved, reports CNBC . The labels go beyond warning of... More »

New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis Is Massively Successful

FDA approves new 3-drug regimen

(Newser) - Good news for those with the deadliest strain of tuberculosis: It no longer has to mean a death sentence. Scientists have discovered a cure for extensively drug-resistant TB, or XDR-TB, and on Wednesday, the FDA "effectively endorsed" it, the New York Times reports. Just a small percentage of people... More »

Despite 10 Years of Warnings, People Still Drink Dangerous 'Cure'

FDA: Taking sodium chlorite products like Miracle Mineral Solution is basically drinking bleach

(Newser) - It's OK to believe in miracles, but drinking bleach for your ailments isn't going to lead to one. That's effectively what people are doing when they quaff a product known as Miracle Mineral Solution, and other products like it that promise a cure for autism, cancer, HIV,... More »

FDA: Data Manipulated Before Approval of $2.1M Drug

Novartis could face civil, criminal penalties

(Newser) - US regulators want to know why Novartis didn't disclose a problem with testing data until after the Swiss drugmaker's $2.1 million gene therapy was approved. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the manipulated data involved testing in animals, not patients, and it's confident that the... More »

New Drug Could Cure Horrible Disease. Now, Brace Yourself

Novartis AG is expected to sell Zolgensma for $2M per treatment

(Newser) - A new wonder drug is coming for babies with a crippling, often fatal disease. Expected price tag: $2 million per treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. Novartis AG is expected to begin selling Zolgensma, a possible cure for spinal muscular atrophy, after the FDA approves it this month. Novartis executives... More »

Ambien, Other Sleep Aids Get FDA's Strongest Warning

Injuries and deaths lead to adding 'black box' labels

(Newser) - The FDA is requiring its strongest warning labels be placed on Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta, and other prescription sleep medications. The "black box" label warns that side effects can lead to serious injury or death, Live Science reports. The FDA ordered the change after "rare but serious" incidents among... More »

First Postpartum Depression Drug: Effective, Cumbersome

Women felt improvement within 24 hours, but need to get it via IV for 60 hours

(Newser) - A groundbreaking treatment has been approved for what doctors say is a major medical condition that doesn't get talked about enough. The FDA has approved brexanolone, the first treatment specifically targeting postpartum depression, which will be sold as "Zulresso," USA Today reports. Doctors say it is much... More »

Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to Critical Packaging Error

Apotex mistake could lead women to miss pills, or to take placebos instead of active tablets

(Newser) - There's nothing wrong with the tablets themselves, but a nationwide recall of birth control pills has been announced by the Food and Drug Administration due to a packaging goof that could cause women to miss pills or take placebos, possibly leading to pregnancy, People reports. The FDA alert notes... More »

Nasal Spray Derived From Party Drug Approved for Depression

Esketamine, for treatment-resistant depression, to be administered by experts

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new fast-acting depression treatment derived from a party drug . Nasal spray esketamine from Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals contains an active portion of the ketamine molecule. As a generic anesthetic, ketamine or "Special K" is increasingly available for depression, but costs a pretty... More »

Scott Gottlieb Stepping Down From FDA

After almost 2 years leading the agency

(Newser) - Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down after nearly two years leading the agency's response to a host of public health challenges, including the opioid epidemic, rising drug prices, and underage vaping. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced in a statement Tuesday that Gottlieb... More »

FDA: Beware Letting Robots Operate on You

'Survival benefits to patients when compared to traditional surgery have not been established'

(Newser) - On the plus side: Operations performed using minimally invasive robotic devices can help keep blood loss, pain, and infections to a minimum, reduce scarring, and shorten recovery times. On the minus side, per the Food and Drug Administration: Using these devices for mastectomies and other surgeries for cancers hasn't... More »

FDA: Beware of Young Blood Transfusions

They're 'potentially harmful,' and claims aren't proven

(Newser) - The FDA has come down hard on young blood transfusions, touted by startups in several states as an anti-aging "cure" that can improve strength, memory, and even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's. Infusions of blood plasma from young donors into older patients "should not be assumed to... More »

Food Inspectors Heading Back to Work Without Pay

FDA inspections of 'high risk' items were to resume

(Newser) - The FDA says it will resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods—such as cheeses, produce and infant formula—that had been briefly halted as a result of the partial government shutdown. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday that the agency is bringing back about 150 unpaid employees for... More »

Amid Increasing Drug Recalls, FDA Focuses on 2 Factories

Agency: Factories in China, India that made blood pressure drugs have equipment, process problems

(Newser) - With the significant number of drugs and drug ingredients made overseas, it's hard for the FDA to provide airtight oversight. But two plants in China and India that pump out oft-prescribed blood pressure and heart medications are now on the agency's radar after FDA tests revealed trace amounts... More »

Shutdown 'Puts US Food Supply at Risk'

FDA has suspended domestic inspections

(Newser) - The government shutdown has put America's food supply at risk despite the best efforts of the Food and Drug Administration, experts warn. The agency has had to suspend routine testing of most domestic food production facilities, though inspections of imports are continuing. Inspectors working without pay are continuing to... More »

FDA Narrows Its Romaine Lettuce Warning

Lettuce from outside parts of California not linked to outbreak

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has narrowed its warning not to eat romaine lettuce . The agency now says the only growing areas linked to a recent E. coli outbreak are in the Central Coast region of northern and central California and romaine lettuce grown elsewhere is probably safe, USA Today... More »

Major Restrictions on Flavored E-Cigs Are Coming

FDA plans to rid them from convenience stores, gas stations to protect teens

(Newser) - The expected FDA crackdown on a youth vaping "epidemic" is on the horizon, with the New York Times and Washington Post reporting that most flavoured e-cigarettes will be banned from convenience stores and gas stations across the country as early as next week. Menthol and mint flavors will be... More »

Super-Potent Opioid Wins FDA Approval

Dsuvia will be tightly controlled, the FDA promises

(Newser) - It's called Dsuvia, and the potency of this opioid is hard to fathom: It's up to 1,000 times stronger than morphine and up to 10 times stronger than fentanyl, reports USA Today . Despite the worries of critics that it will add to the nation's opioid problem,... More »

The 'Magic' in 'Shrooms Could Really Help You

New study says it can serve medicinal purposes

(Newser) - Want to quit smoking or alleviate depression? In a few years you might be taking the psychedelic "magic" in magic mushrooms—if the FDA ever agrees, the New York Times reports. Researchers from John Hopkins University suggest the FDA should reclassify psilocybin—the psychedelic drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms—to... More »

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