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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...

Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

Sep. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could...

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...

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan "faltering" pace of FDA action

Aug. 29, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths annually. "The decades-long effort to protect our...

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....