• United States Nov 27, 2019

    DC Government Sues Juul Over Teen Use

    The District of Columbia is joining several states in suing the nation’s largest e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, saying the company’s online ads and promotions illegally targeted minors.

  • United States Nov 21, 2019

    CDC Reports Nearly 2,300 Vaping Lung Injuries

    The Center for Disease Control reported an additional 118 vaping-related lung injuries compared to last week’s cases.

  • United States Nov 21, 2019

    CDC Reports Nearly 2,300 Vaping Lung Injuries

    The Center for Disease Control reported an additional 118 vaping-related lung injuries compared to last week’s cases.

  • Food and Drug Administration Oct 23, 2019

    FDA Wants Stronger Warning on Breast Implants About Risks

    U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings and more details about the possible risks and complications. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that manufacturers should add a warning highlighted by a box — the most serious type — to the information given to women considering implants. The agency is also recommending patients complete a...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Clampdown on Vaping Could Send Users Back Toward Cigarettes

    Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers, including a Silicon Valley startup named Juul Labs, which was being praised for creating “the...

  • CONGRESS Oct 3, 2019

    Consumer Watchdog Agency Probes Juul and 5 More Vaping Firms

    Federal consumer watchdogs have ordered Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes, the government’s latest move targeting the industry. The announcement Thursday from the Federal Trade Commission comes amid a nationwide crackdown on e-cigarettes as politicians and health authorities try to reverse an explosion of underage vaping by U.S. teenagers. The FTC...

  • CONGRESS Aug 30, 2019

    E-Cigarette Maker Juul Facing Mounting Scrutiny by State AGs

    E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens, The Associated Press has learned. The company’s rapid rise to the top of the multi-billion dollar U.S. e-cigarette market has been accompanied by...

  • CONGRESS Aug 27, 2019

    A Decade After a Split, the Marlboro Men Seek a Reunion

    Altria confirmed Tuesday that it is in talks to merge with Philip Morris International more than a decade after splitting itself into two companies. Altria has exclusively sold Marlboro and other cigarette brands in the U.S., while Philip Morris has handled international sales. Both companies have been investing in alternatives to traditional cigarettes amid declining smoking rates around the world....

  • federal judge Aug 14, 2019

    Vaping Companies Sue to Delay US Review of E-Cigarettes

    A vaping industry group sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to delay an upcoming review of thousands of e-cigarettes on the market. The legal challenge by the Vapor Technology Association is the latest hurdle in the Food and Drug Administration’s yearslong effort to regulate the multibillion-dollar vaping industry, which includes makers and retailers of e-cigarette devices and flavored solutions. The...

  • Canada Jul 24, 2019

    Breast Implant Recalled After Link to More Rare Cancer Cases

    Breast implant maker Allergan Inc. issued a worldwide recall Wednesday for certain textured models after regulators alerted the company to a heightened cancer risk with the devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it called for the removal after new information showed Allergan’s Biocell breast implants with a textured surface were tied to the vast majority of cases of...

  • disease Mar 26, 2019

    US Experts: Too Soon to Pull Breast Implants Tied to Cancer

    Government medical advisers said Monday it’s too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem. The Food and Drug Administration panel didn’t recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after a day reviewing the latest research on the risks...

  • Commissioner Jan 30, 2019

    E-Cigs Outperform Patches and Gums in Quit-Smoking Study

    A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the debate in the U.S., where the Food and Drug Administration...

  • Donald Trump Nov 27, 2018

    US Goal to Be ‘First' on Devices Worries Former Regulator

    Dr. Jeffrey Shuren was adamant: The United States would never cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices. “We don’t use our people as guinea pigs in the U.S.,” Shuren said, holding firm as the new director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s medical devices division. Again and again in 2011 — four times in all — Shuren...

  • Los Angeles Nov 26, 2018

    Breast Implant Injuries Hidden as Patients' Questions Mount

    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...

  • Commissioner May 17, 2018

    FDA Approves 1st Nonopioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

    Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers. The pill was approved to treat adults for up to two weeks...

  • Commissioner May 2, 2018

    US Warns Liquid Nicotine Packets Resemble Juice Boxes, Candy

    Liquid nicotine products that look like juice boxes, candies and other kids’ snacks came under government scrutiny Tuesday, as health authorities warned they could pose a danger to children. The Food and Drug Administration issued more than a dozen warnings over the illegal packaging practice, saying it can lead to poisoning if children mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended...

  • Commissioner Apr 10, 2018

    FDA Puts Restrictions on Birth Control Implant But No Recall

    U.S. health officials on Monday placed new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject to reports of painful complications from thousands of women. But the metal implant, called Essure, will remain on the market. The Food and Drug Administration said only women who read and have the opportunity to sign a brochure about the risks of the...

  • Donald Trump Feb 11, 2018

    On Drug Costs, Modest Steps Follow Trump's Big Promises

    President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic chance of being enacted. But it’s not like calling for Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Skeptics say the overall approach...

  • Commissioner Dec 4, 2017

    ‘Take All Their Excuses Away': Hard Cases in Heroin Fight

    Long before President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency and pledged to “overcome addiction in America,” addiciton counselor DeValle Williams was fighting in the trenches, where it’s tough to tell victory from defeat. More than 64,000 died of drug overdoses last year in the U.S., most from opioids. At 41, he’s been a counselor for two decades,...

  • Commissioner Dec 1, 2017

    US Approves Monthly Injection to Treat Opioid Addiction

    U.S. health officials on Thursday approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids. The Food and Drug Administration approved once-a-month Sublocade for adults with opioid use disorder who are already stabilized on addiction medication. The monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur...

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