Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

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...

FDA OKs 1st generic nasal spray of overdose reversal drug

Apr. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday OK'd naloxone spray from Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals. Naloxone has been sold as a nasal spray in the U.S. since 2016 under the brand name Narcan....

Correction: CBD Goes Mainstream story

Apr. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story April 15 about CBD, The Associated Press reported erroneously the parent company of Nine West. It is Authentic Brands Group, not Authentic Fitness. A corrected version of the story is below: Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana's less taboo cousin Retailers take advantage of...

US halts sales of pelvic mesh tied to injuries in women

Apr. 16, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday halted sales of a type of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic conditions in women, following years of patients' reports of injuries and complications from the implants. The Food and Drug Administration ordered the two remaining makers of the mesh —...

Cut melon linked to US salmonella outbreak recalled

Apr. 13, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. The fruit...

Correction: Importing Prescription Drugs story

Apr. 12, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 11 about importing prescription drugs to Florida, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Democratic state Rep. Al Jacquet is from Tallahassee. He is from Lantana. A corrected version of the story is below: Florida House passes bill on Canadian drug imports...

Ex-compounding pharmacy CEO convicted in drug-potency case

Apr. 12, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former central Indiana compounding pharmacy executive has been convicted of federal charges stemming from drug-potency problems . The Justice Department says a jury in Indianapolis federal court this week convicted 67-year-old Paul J. Elmer, who was Noblesville-based Pharmakon...

US warns docs not to abruptly halt opioid pain treatment

Apr. 9, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as backaches. The Food and Drug Administration said it will add advice to labels on how to taper opioid painkillers, such as...

Wisconsin favors legalizing cannabis, but hurdles remain

Apr. 7, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gary Storck has been here before. For decades, Storck, a longtime medical marijuana advocate from Madison, has been pushing the state Legislature to legalize his medicine. Storck suffers from glaucoma. He uses cannabis to slow progression of the disease, which is gradually robbing him...