WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are taking another look at the safety of breast implants, the latest review in a decades-long debate.
At a two-day meeting that starts Monday, a panel...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids, with an official on Tuesday proposed what's believed to be the first...
House panel backs giving Florida access to foreign drugs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians could gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other foreign countries under legislation approved by a state House committee Monday amid...
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create graphic health warnings for cigarette packs and related advertising by next year.
Plan to ask to import Canadian prescriptions OK-ed by panel
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A plan for Utah to ask to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada has passed its first legislative hurdle.
E. coli outbreak still a concern for Yuma-area ag industry
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The calendar has turned over to a new year, but the agriculture industry in southwestern Arizona's Yuma area isn't forgetting an E. coli outbreak last April that dealt financial setbacks to growers and distributors of romaine lettuce and other leafy greens.
Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research denounced by British primatologist Jane Goodall have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary.
Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The new farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prevents maple syrup and honey producers from being required to list their pure products as containing added sugars on their nutrition labels — a plan proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months ago that producers said was misleading.
Breast implants reveal problems in tracking device safety
WASHINGTON (AP) — To all the world, it looked like breast implants were safe. From 2008 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly reported 200 or so complaints annually — a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of implant surgeries performed each year.
Then last fall, something strange happened: Thousands of problems with breast implants flooded the FDA's system. More than 4,000 injury reports filed in the last half of 2017. Another 8,000 in the first six months of 2018.
Improving medical device tracking a slow, imperfect process
WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly two decades, health advocates have pushed to standardize the way medical devices are tracked and studied.
They eventually landed on a solution that others, including other parts of the medical industry, already had adopted — a unique code to help track the type, manufacturer and other key information about a device.
In 2007, Congress asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create the system, and the FDA passed a final rule establishing it in 2013.
Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Cancer patient is first in Hawaii to receive new treatment
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii resident who has been living with a slow-growing yet incurable cancer since 2006 became the first person in the state to receive a new specialized radiation treatment.
The cancer in Mary Bona's abdomen grew over the summer despite several rounds of chemotherapy and other treatments.
That's when her doctor found out about a treatment approved earlier this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to target hard-to-reach neuroendocrine tumors.
FDA plans strict limits on sale of flavored e-cigarettes
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to require strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers.
Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’
NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing understanding of nutrition science. The push is fueling debate about eating habits and what the new standard should say.
New sugar label rules about maple syrup, honey coming soon
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says new guidance about added sugars that will provide an alternate labeling option for pure maple syrup and honey will be released next year.
The agency announced months ago that it was considering requiring pure maple syrup and honey to be labeled as containing "added sugars." Members of the industries that produce those products protested the labels, saying they would be misleading and unfair.
Mississippi woman sues Goldfish cracker makers over illness
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman is making a federal case out of a life-threatening bout with salmonella that she blames on Goldfish crackers.
FDA links horse deaths to tainted feed
GILMAN, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the deaths of six horses at a farm in central Minnesota that it has linked to some tainted feed.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. has recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday the West Des Moines-based grocery chain discovered potential salmonella contamination on Monday night and pulled the product from its shelves.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it wants to more aggressively fight medication shortages that have led to rationing of some drugs and disrupted patient care.
The agency announced plans for a task force to find ways to improve the supply of crucial drugs. It's a new approach for the drug regulator, which has very little control over drugmakers' operations. It generally can't act until drugmakers tell the agency that shortages are imminent or that it will stop making a drug.
FDA ‘added sugars’ label proposal opposed
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin beekeepers and maple syrup producers are fighting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration nutrition labeling proposal designed to educate consumers about added sugars.
DENVER (AP) — A federal jury in Denver on Wednesday awarded $383.5 million to the families of three patients who died of cardiac arrest after treatments at clinics run by dialysis provider DaVita Inc.
NEW YORK (AP) — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated?
Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt but that critics say distorts ideas about what's healthy.
RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) — The attorney general in Vermont is asking residents to oppose a new federal mandate that requires pure maple syrup to be labeled as containing added sugars.
The change in the nutrition facts label is part of an U.S. Food and Drug Administration campaign to educate consumers about sugar consumption.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There's been no seizure of hundreds of thousands of pounds of rat meat by U.S. officials, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that such meat may be for sale as "boneless" chicken wings.
Those were claims in a story shared on social media, but the FDA said the story is false.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a law that would allow terminally ill patients in the state to use experimental treatments not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The House voted Wednesday to pass the so-called "right-to-try" bill named after Neil Fachon.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Just how firm are expiration dates on bottles of allergy or pain pills? Probably not as crucial as the "Best By" date on milk cartons.
Medicines are expensive, and amid occasional shortages, some people are tempted to use expired pills.
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EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Producers of pure maple syrup and honey aren't sweet on a plan to label their pure natural products as containing added sugars.
They say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's upcoming requirement to update nutrition labels to tell consumers that pure maple syrup and honey contain added sugars is misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease.
Jynarque (jihn-AR'-kew), from Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.
The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. It causes fluid-filled cysts to develop in and damage kidneys.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — An 83-year-old Rapid City man convicted in a nearly $17 million illegal medical laser scheme has been sentenced to 12 years in federal custody.
Mylan lays off 15 percent of West Virginia workforce
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A pharmaceuticals company has laid off 15 percent of its workforce at a West Virginia manufacturing facility.
DeKALB – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are urging grocers, restaurants and consumers to avoid selling, serving and eating chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, according to a news release from the Kane County Health Department.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah public health officials, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several other states are investigating a multi-state outbreak associated with a rare Salmonella strain.
Lansing — A former employee of Shri Thanedar, a Democratic candidate for governor, says he quit Avomeen Analytical Services in 2014 after Thanedar refused to alert federal regulators to a customer suspected of illegally spiking a male "herbal supplement" with prescription Viagra.
Decades of aggressive education and regulation sharply have reduced the prevalence or smoking and its death toll. But more than 15 percent of U.S. adults remain addicted and tobacco-caused diseases still kill 480,000 Americans every year. Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an...
3M’s health care business is recalling tens of thousands of Ace bandages and ankle supports because they contain undeclared natural latex rubber that could cause allergic reactions in some wearers.
Some health websites have misrepresented the fine print on an old vaccine label to falsely claim that the "FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism." Vaccines do not cause autism and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not make any new statement this week about the long-debunked claim.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nail salon drying lamps would be regulated under a bill passed by New York's state Senate.
The Times Union says the lamps use ultraviolet rays. The amount of exposure is very small when compared to tanning beds but concerns have been raised about the long-term effects.
The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Catharine Young. It now goes to the Assembly.
Still battling this year’s flu, FDA working on next year’s vaccine
As healthcare professionals continue to battle the flu epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already begun work on next season's vaccines.
"We're already partnering with other public health agencies to conduct essential work," commissioner Scott Gotlieb said in a statement.
Kansas doctor sued in woman’s fentanyl overdose death
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas doctor is facing a lawsuit that alleges he contributed to a woman's 2014 fentanyl overdose death.
Maplewood manufacturer 3M Co. has recalled 33,000 cases of its Bair Hugger underbody warming blankets because of a design issue that may prevent the blankets from warming up patients during surgery as intended.
A Wisconsin company won federal approval to make a medical isotope that hasn’t been produced in US in 30 years
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, a former Madison company now based in Beloit, has federal approval to become the first U.S. supplier in 30 years whose technology can be used to produce a critical radioactive imaging product -- technetium-99m -- a radioisotope that is in high demand for use in medical diagnostic tests.
FDA ends Arkansas nicotine research after monkey deaths
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has axed a nicotine addiction study at an Arkansas lab after the deaths of four squirrel monkeys.
FDA, FTC warn companies marketing unapproved opioid cessation products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission has fired off a warning to companies they say illegally marketed unapproved opioid cessation products with claims about their ability to help treat opioid addiction and withdrawal.
With the new year in full swing, chances are that many of us have already give up on our resolutions to lose weight. But there’s still time to make sure at least one member of your family remains fit in 2018 — your pet.
Senators propose additional $25B toward opioid crisis
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan have announced a Democratic proposal for an additional $25 billion in the federal budget to combat the opioid crisis.
The senators on Tuesday called for the investment over two years to go toward programs that support opioid treatment in such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Chances are, by the time they’ve reached adulthood, most people have had at least one X-ray taken in their lives. Perhaps it was after a bad fall to see if there were broken bones, or during a routine trip to the dentist’s office. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising that, due to the radiation involved in these exams, caution should be taken when using them on children.
Some lawsuits can proceed over cigarettes touted as natural
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes but is allowing others to move forward over a line of tobacco touted as natural.
Scores of plaintiffs from at least a dozen states sued Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and its parent company, Reynolds American Inc., after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found in 2015 that consumers were misled about risks associated with the products.