Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

Idaho teen vaping on the decline but still big nationally

Jan. 19, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping's rising popularity among teens nationwide. The Idaho Press reports according to the 2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Idaho Department of...

The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

Jan. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance...

Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products

Jan. 15, 2019 8:11 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after...

FDA resuming some food inspections halted by shutdown

Jan. 14, 2019 7:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — 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...

Routine food inspections halted by US government shutdown

Jan. 9, 2019 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Routine food inspections aren't getting done because of the partial government shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The agency said it's working to bring back about 150 employees to inspect riskier...

US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge

Jan. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad health...

High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case

Jan. 7, 2019 3:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Monday to side with drugmaker Merck & Co. in a dispute over the warning label on its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax. The justices heard arguments in a case involving hundreds of people who sued the Kenilworth, New Jersey-based drug company, alleging...

E. coli outbreak still a concern for Yuma-area ag industry

Jan. 5, 2019 1:44 PM EST

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The calendar has turned over to a new year, but the agriculture industry in southwestern Arizona's Yuma area isn't forgetting an E. coli outbreak last April that dealt financial setbacks to growers and distributors of romaine lettuce and other leafy greens. U.S. Food and Drug...

Opioid manufacturer wants judge to dismiss Wyoming lawsuit

Jan. 3, 2019 4:15 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The creator of OxyContin has asked a Wyoming judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company, claiming that the federal Food and Drug Administration's previous findings invalidate the legal challenge. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming's attorney general's office...

Democratic senators calling for ban on menthol cigarettes

Dec. 23, 2018 3:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to impose a ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars. The senators — including Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jack Reed and...