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Obesity drug used in Mounjaro and Zepbound may help treat dangerous sleep apnea

Jun. 21, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

A popular obesity drug may help treat a dangerous disorder in which people struggle to breathe while they sleep, a new study finds. Tirzepatide, the medication in the weight-loss drug Zepbound and also the diabetes treatment Mounjaro, appeared to reduce the severity of sleep apnea...

FDA OKs first menthol e-cigarettes, citing potential to help adult smokers

Jun. 21, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, acknowledging that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes...

Gene therapy may cure rare diseases. But drugmakers have few incentives, leaving families desperate

Jun. 21, 2024 00:39 AM EDT

Robin Alderman faces an agonizing reality: Gene therapy might cure her son Camden’s rare, inherited immune deficiency. But it’s not available to him. In 2022, London-based Orchard Therapeutics stopped investing in an experimental treatment for the condition, Wiskott-Aldrich...

Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

Jun. 18, 2024 14:39 PM EDT

Dollar Tree failed to effectively recall lead-tainted applesauce pouches linked to reports of illness in more than 500 children, leaving the products on some stores shelves for two months, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The FDA sent a warning letter to Dollar Tree...

FDA says Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall

Jun. 18, 2024 14:22 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — FDA says Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall.

Drug shortages keep on growing. Older, injectable medicines are among the most vulnerable

Jun. 17, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has become a record run. Total active shortages hit an all-time high of 323 in this year’s first quarter, according to the University of Utah Drug Information Service. That’s up...

Some hawking stem cells say they can treat almost anything. They can't

Jun. 15, 2024 11:41 AM EDT

The mailings promised “Life Without Pain!” via stem cell injections or IVs administered in a patient’s own home. The allure was obvious: more than 20% of U.S. adults endure chronic pain. The flyers invited Iowans to free dinners across the state. Afterward, sales people...

Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

Jun. 13, 2024 17:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago. The...

FDA took months to react to complaint about Abbott infant formula factory, audit finds

Jun. 13, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took more than 15 months to act on a whistleblower complaint it received about conditions at an Abbott Nutrition factory that was at the center of a nationwide shortage of infant formula, a new audit shows. The Department of Labor received the...

The Latest | The US Supreme Court rules to preserve access to the abortion pill mifepristone

Jun. 13, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously to preserve access to the drug most commonly used in medication abortion. The nine justices found that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the Food and Drug Administration's approval of mifepristone and the...