Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes

May. 15, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S....

North Carolina sues e-cigarette maker Juul over marketing

May. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products. Josh Stein, the top law enforcement official in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said Wednesday...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 10, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders shaking hands...

Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

May. 9, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

Breast implants tied to rare cancer to remain on US market

May. 2, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities will allow a type of breast implant linked to a rare form of cancer to stay on the market, saying its risks do not warrant a national ban. But the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is considering bold warnings for the implants and requiring stricter...

US sales OK'd for cigarette alternative that heats tobacco

Apr. 30, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday said Philip Morris can sell a cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it, opening the door for the company's effort to shift smokers toward newer products. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet decided whether to allow the device,...

Oklahoma high court nullifies medical abortion restrictions

Apr. 30, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting access to drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional, the latest decision by the state's highest court striking down restrictions on abortions adopted by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The court overturned a...

Juul nicotine hit may be 'Worst for kids, best for smokers'

Apr. 27, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — She tried gums, patches and various electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. What finally worked for Chantel Williams was a small, reusable e-cigarette called Juul that packs a big nicotine punch. "I look better. I feel better and I don't smell. It's fantastic," said Williams of Portland,...

Altria 1Q earnings miss as cigarette sales continue to slide

Apr. 25, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shares of Altria Group, the nation's largest tobacco company, fell Thursday after the company's earnings missed expectations on lower cigarette revenue and big expenses aimed at diversifying its business. The Richmond, Virginia-based company reported first quarter profit of $1.12 billion,...

How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rules

Apr. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules for frozen cherry pies. Emails show the Food and Drug Administration planned to start the process for revoking the standard for frozen...