Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

Nov. 13, 2018 4:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The move by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected U.S. government crackdown on underage sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul said it stopped filling store orders Tuesday for mango, fruit,...

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

Nov. 13, 2018 11:31 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they're in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows about...

Cancer patient is first in Hawaii to receive new treatment

Nov. 12, 2018 2:19 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii resident who has been living with a slow-growing yet incurable cancer since 2006 became the first person in the state to receive a new specialized radiation treatment. The cancer in Mary Bona's abdomen grew over the summer despite several rounds of chemotherapy and other...

FDA plans strict limits on sale of flavored e-cigarettes

Nov. 8, 2018 11:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to require strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. FDA officials told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday the...

FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

Nov. 2, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy statement, FDA...

Cross talk: Federal agencies clash on cellphone cancer risk

Nov. 1, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there's no reason for people to worry. No new research was issued Thursday. Instead, the National Toxicology Program dialed up...

Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called 'healthy'

Oct. 30, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing understanding of nutrition science. The push is fueling debate...

US approves first new type of flu drug in 2 decades

Oct. 24, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday's approval of Xofluza for people age 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this winter's flu season. Xofluza is a pill that can reduce severity and shorten duration of flu symptoms after...

Arizona to focus on putting out e-cigarette use among youths

Oct. 21, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Taking a puff off an electronic cigarette won't be a popular activity among Arizona's youth if state health officials have anything to say about it. The State Department of Health Services is planning to mount an aggressive anti-vape campaign in December as well as pursue any e-cigarette...

Louisiana recall: 15 tons of packaged restaurant fare

Oct. 16, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana company is recalling 15 tons of packaged ready-to-eat chicken and pork products produced since January 2017 for five restaurants or chains in Louisiana and Texas. A La Carte Foods of Belle Rose made the six products with sausage that hadn't been federally inspected, according...