Latest Drug approvals News

LSU urges state to require COVID-19 vaccines at its schools

Jun. 19, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's governing board is urging the state Department of Health to add COVID-19 shots to a list of required vaccinations for college students once federal regulators give full approval to the shots. Friday's 9-2 vote came after the LSU Board of...

Georgia families hope Alzheimer’s drug helps loved ones

Jun. 12, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Every day Arthena Caston prays for more time. More time to get to know her grandchildren and for them to know their “Iya.” More time to share many Christmases with her family. In March 2016, Caston, who lives...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

Some J&J vaccine doses can be used, but many must be tossed

Jun. 11, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but many more doses can't be used and must be thrown out. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it had...

China's children may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 11, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — If China is to meet its tentative goal of vaccinating 80% of its population against the coronavirus by the end of the year, tens of millions of children may have to start rolling up their sleeves. Regulators took the first step last week by...

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

Jun. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called...

Germany: Delay for CureVac shot won't hurt vaccine campaign

Jun. 09, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health ministry on Wednesday downplayed the possible impact on the country's coronavirus vaccine campaign after reports that the shot being developed by local company CureVac could face further delays getting regulatory approval. Manfred Lucha,...

EXPLAINER: How will insurers cover a new Alzheimer's drug?

Jun. 08, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment. Health care experts expect broad coverage of the drug, which was approved Monday. But what...

FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts

Jun. 07, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. ...

FDA approves obesity drug that helped people cut weight 15%

Jun. 04, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

Regulators on Friday said a new version of a popular diabetes medicine could be sold as a weight-loss drug in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration approved Wegovy, a higher-dose version of Novo Nordisk’s diabetes drug semaglutide, for long-term weight management. ...