Scott Gottlieb

  • Europe May 10, 2019

    Juul’s ‘Switch’ Campaign for Smokers Draws New Scrutiny

    The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers. “I don’t think anyone including myself thought that I could make the switch,” Carolyn says, sitting...

  • 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...

  • NBC NEWS Jan 15, 2019

    FDA Resuming Inspections of Riskiest Foods Halted by Shutdown

    The Food and Drug Administration said it will resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods such as cheeses, produce and infant formula as early as Tuesday. The routine inspections 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 the...

  • Mexico Dec 6, 2018

    9 More Cases Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce; New Jersey One of the Worst Hit States: CDC

    The CDC says nine more people have been reported sick in the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce since the federal agency’s last update on Nov. 26, and New Jersey is one of the worst-hit states.

  • Mexico Nov 30, 2018

    Repeat Outbreaks Pressure Produce Industry to Step Up Safety

    After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving follows one in the spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five, and another last year that sickened 25 and killed one. No deaths have been...

  • NBC Nov 21, 2018

    California Romaine May Have Caused Latest Outbreak

    California may be the source of romaine lettuce blamed in an outbreak of E. coli infections that has made 32 people sick in 11 states and Canada, the head of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cautioned people not to eat romaine lettuce while they investigate the outbreak....

  • United States Nov 13, 2018

    Juul Temporarily Suspends Retail Sales of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes

    Juul said it will stop selling most of its flavored nicotine pods for its e-cigarettes in retail stores — though only temporarily — as it tries to appease federal regulators who have ordered the company to help reduce “epidemic” levels of teen use. The company on Tuesday stopped accepting retail orders for its mango, fruit, creme and cucumber pods to...

  • The Washington Post Nov 9, 2018

    FDA Plans Strict Limits on Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes: Report

    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. FDA officials told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday the actions are expected to be announced as early as next week. The move is...

  • The Associated Press Sep 25, 2018

    Culture Shift? Dairy Industry Hopeful About FDA’s New Definition of Yogurt

    If low-fat yogurt is blended with fatty ingredients like coconut or chocolate, is it still low-fat? Is it even yogurt? The U.S. government has rules about what can be called “yogurt,” and the dairy industry says it’s not clear what the answers are. Now it’s hopeful it will finally get to use the term with greater liberty, with the Trump...

  • Instagram Sep 12, 2018

    FDA Puts E-Cig Makers on Notice: Fix ‘Epidemic’ Teen Use or Products May Be Pulled From Market

    Federal regulators are threatening to pull e-cigarettes from shelves if manufacturers do not control teen use, which officials say has reached epidemic levels. The Food and Drug Administration was prepared to embrace e-cigarettes as a way to wean adult smokers from cigarettes, but the agency is rethinking its approach after seeing scores of teens vaping. The crackdown by the agency...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 16, 2018

    FDA Approves Teva’s Generic EpiPen After Yearslong Delay

    U.S. regulators cleared the first generic competitor to Mylan’s EpiPen, after a yearslong delay that many said contributed to the emergency allergy drug’s rapid rise in price. Teva Pharmaceuticals received Food and Drug Administration approval for generic versions of both the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

  • United States Jun 29, 2018

    Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Tied to Tainted Irrigation Canal

    Tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, health officials said Thursday. About 200 people were sickened in the E. coli outbreak and five people died. The outbreak, which started in the spring, is now over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The outbreak sickened people in 36...

  • NBC NEWS Mar 15, 2018

    FDA Moves to Lower Nicotine in Cigarettes

    The Food and Drug Administration plans to try to make cigarettes less addictive by lowering the amount of nicotine in them, NBC News reports. The unprecedented move comes just nine years after the FDA got permission to regulate tobacco products. The FDA will propose the product-standard rule, Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Thursday, opening a long bureaucratic process. “This new...

  • NBC NEWS Mar 15, 2018

    FDA Moves to Reduce Amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes

    The FDA announced it plans to lower the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes, with the goal of making them not addictive.

  • United States Jan 23, 2018

    Do E-Cigarettes Help or Harm? Report Says Not Clear Yet

    Electronic cigarettes could be a boon to public health or a major liability, depending on whether they help Americans quit smoking or encourage more young people to try traditional cigarettes, a new report concludes. The report issued Tuesday wrestles with the potential benefits and harms of the vapor-emitting devices which have been sold in the U.S. for more than a...

  • Canada Jan 19, 2018

    Anti-Smoking Plan May Kill Cigarettes–and Save Big Tobacco

    Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new...

  • United States Jan 11, 2018

    Cough Syrup With Codeine or Hydrocodone Is Dangerous for Kids: FDA

    Cough medications that contain opioids like codeine should not ever be taken by kids and they’ll now need to be labeled to make that clear, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA will also carry bigger warning about their dangers to adults, NBC News reported. The FDA will remind parents that most coughs and colds don’t need any...

  • United States Dec 18, 2017

    US Health Officials to Target High-Risk Alternative Remedies

    U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and death. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines that have long been on the fringe of mainstream medicine. The agency plans to...

  • Commissioner Oct 13, 2017

    Puerto Rico Hurricane May Cause Shortage of Hospital IV Bags

    A key U.S. maker of hospital products said it expects a temporary shortage of small saline bags because of the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico. The hurricane wiped out the island’s electrical grid, shutting down Baxter’s three Puerto Rico factories for several days. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company is still ramping up production by using generators.

  • Pennsylvania Aug 30, 2017

    US Clears Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Childhood Leukemia

    Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials on Wednesday approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration called the approval historic, the first gene therapy to hit the U.S. market. Made from scratch for every patient, it’s one...

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