Latest Drug approvals News

Former Greensboro scout helps find cure for deadly disease

Sep. 16, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The FDA's approval of a drug that cures the deadliest tuberculosis has the fingerprints of one of Alice Pearce's former Girl Scouts all over it. Scientist Doris Rouse, who spent nearly two decades leading the team of researchers at RTI International in working on a cure for a...

Local bans limit options for aspiring marijuana businesses

Aug. 31, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — About 39% of Michigan communities that approved a recreational marijuana ballot measure last year have since introduced local bans that prohibit businesses selling pot. Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued emergency rules in July giving local authorities six months to...

FDA approves TB pill that cures more hard-to-treat patients

Aug. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators Wednesday approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries. It's the first TB drug from a nonprofit group, the TB Alliance. Formed to come up with better treatments, the...

FDA says Novartis withheld data problem before drug approval

Aug. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators want to know why Novartis didn't disclose a problem with testing data until after the Swiss drugmaker's $2.1 million gene therapy was approved. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the manipulated data involved testing in animals, not patients, and it's...

US to set up plan allowing prescription meds from Canada

Jul. 31, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a way for Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of refusals by health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications....

FDA approves 9 generic versions of nerve pain drug Lyrica

Jul. 22, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic copies of a popular, pricey pill for nerve pain. The agency on Monday said it approved nine generic versions of Pfizer Inc.'s Lyrica. It is also used for seizures and fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic,...