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Senators blast health and law enforcement officials over illegal e-cigarettes used by teens

Jun. 12, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators on Wednesday blasted top health and law enforcement officials for not doing more to combat the rise of illegal electronic cigarettes in the U.S., a multibillion-dollar business that has flourished amid haphazard enforcement. Democrats and Republicans on...

Things to know about FDA warning on paralytic shellfish poisoning in Pacific Northwest

Jun. 10, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says consumers should avoid eating shellfish from Oregon and Washington state as they may be contaminated with toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. At least 31 people have been sickened in Oregon so far, according to state...

Alzheimer's drug that can slow disease gets backing from FDA advisers

Jun. 10, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched Alzheimer's drug from Eli Lilly won the backing of federal health advisers on Monday, setting the stage for the treatment's expected approval for people with mild dementia caused by the brain-robbing disease. Food and Drug Administration advisers...

FDA and DOJ pledge more cooperation on illegal e-cigarettes ahead of congressional hearing

Jun. 10, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators and law enforcement officials on Monday vowed to work more closely to stop sales of illegal electronic cigarettes, which have grown into a multibillion-dollar business in the U.S. while skirting government oversight. The Food and Drug...

FDA advisers urge targeting JN.1 strain in recipe for fall's COVID vaccines

Jun. 05, 2024 19:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government advisers Wednesday said it’s time to update the recipe for the COVID-19 vaccines Americans will receive in the fall -- targeting a version of the ever-evolving coronavirus called JN.1. While COVID-19 cases currently are low, more surges are inevitable...

Panel rejects psychedelic drug MDMA as a PTSD treatment in possible setback for advocates

Jun. 04, 2024 21:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-a-kind proposal to begin using the mind-altering drug MDMA as a treatment for PTSD was roundly criticized Tuesday — a potentially major setback to psychedelic advocates who hope to win a landmark federal approval and bring the banned drugs into the medical...

Federal judge blocks some rules on abortion pills in North Carolina

Jun. 04, 2024 18:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has permanently blocked some efforts in North Carolina to restrict how abortion pills can be dispensed, saying they are unlawfully in conflict with the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But she allowed other state laws to remain in effect,...

FDA warns parents to avoid infant formula distributed by Texas company due to contamination

May. 31, 2024 18:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials warned parents to avoid powdered infant formula sold by a Texas dairy producer, because a dangerous bacteria was found in one of the company's products. The Food and Drug Administration issued the alert Friday on Crecelac Infant Powdered Goat...

Psychedelic drug MDMA faces questions as FDA considers approval for PTSD

May. 31, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are questioning the safety and evidence behind the first bid to use MDMA, the mind-altering club drug, as a treatment for PTSD, part of a decadeslong effort by advocates to move psychedelic drugs into the medical mainstream. The Food and...

Louisiana Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances

May. 23, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Supporters of...