Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

US panel backs wider use of fish oil to prevent heart attack

Nov. 14, 2019 6:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health experts on Thursday recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems. Currently the drug, Vascepa, is approved for a relatively narrow group of patients with extremely...

Clarification: Medical Devices-Shortage story

Nov. 5, 2019 9:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an Oct. 25 story about medical devices, The Associated Press reported on the closure of several facilities that use a carcinogenic gas to sterilize medical equipment, including a Georgia facility. The story should have made clear that the plant's owner, Sterigenics, voluntarily closed...

Trump picks cancer specialist from Texas hospital to run FDA

Nov. 1, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked a cancer specialist and hospital executive to lead the Food and Drug Administration. If confirmed, Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston would inherit a raft of high-profile public health issues, including leading the...

Health officials disclose another romaine outbreak, now over

Nov. 1, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials disclosed another food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they said it appears to be over. The disclosure late Thursday comes after the produce industry said it was stepping up safety measures following a series of outbreaks , including one last year...

J&J says new tests find no asbestos in recalled baby powder

Oct. 29, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that new testing of a batch of baby powder that was recently recalled did not show any traces of asbestos. Earlier this month the company recalled 33,000 bottles of its talc powder after Food and Drug Administration testing revealed trace amounts of the...

Health official: No 'short list' of vaping illness suspects

Oct. 25, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials acknowledged Friday they are still looking at a wide range of products and chemicals that could be causing the U.S. vaping illness outbreak. A large majority of the more than 1,600 people who have been sickened said they vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing...

Retailers pull Johnson's baby powder after recall

Oct. 25, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid have pulled some or all 22-ounce bottles of Johnson's baby powder from shelves to avoid confusing consumers, after a minuscule amount of asbestos was found in one bottle. Johnson & Johnson recalled all 33,000 bottles from the same lot as that bottle last Friday, a day after the U.S....

Cheesemaker stops making cheese listeria outbreak, recall

Oct. 25, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WEST PAWLETT, Vt. (AP) — An award-winning Vermont cheesemaker that sold its raw milk cheeses around the country has stopped manufacturing and selling cheese after a listeria outbreak and recall. Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlett announced Thursday that its current funds do not allow it to continue...

FDA wants stronger warning on breast implants about risks

Oct. 23, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

US endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes

Oct. 22, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, U.S. health regulators have judged a type of smokeless tobacco to be less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers. The milestone announcement on Tuesday makes Swedish Match tobacco pouches the first so-called...