Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

US will stretch monkeypox vaccine supply with smaller doses

Aug. 09, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday authorized a plan to stretch the nation’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth the usual dose, citing research suggesting that the reduced amount is about as effective. The so-called dose-sparing...

US rules out summer COVID boosters to focus on fall campaign

Jul. 29, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are no longer considering authorizing a second COVID-19 booster shot for all adults under 50 this summer, focusing instead on revamped vaccines for the fall that will target the newest viral subvariants. Pfizer and Moderna expect...

NC woman pleads guilty to selling unapproved COVID-19 remedy

Jul. 28, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she sold unapproved drugs on her website that claimed to be remedies and treatments for COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Justice said. U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young said in a news release that Diana...

Altria's $13B investment in Juul e-cigarettes vaporizes

Jul. 28, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cigarette maker Altria's $13 billion investment in the troubled vaping company Juul has gone up in smoke — now worth less than 5% of its original value as U.S. regulators move to ban its e-cigarettes. Altria slashed the value of its Juul investment by more than...

FDA chief's long-promised opioid review faces skepticism

Jul. 27, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. opioid deaths mounted in 2016, the incoming head of the Food and Drug Administration promised a “sweeping review” of prescription painkillers in hopes of reversing the worst overdose epidemic in American history. Dr. Robert Califf even personally...

How canine heart disease was tied to grain-free dog food

Jul. 23, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, acting on input from a group of veterinary researchers, began investigating whether the increasing popularity of grain-free dog foods had led to a sudden rise in a potentially fatal heart disease in dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy. Four...

FDA weighs oversight changes after formula, Juul troubles

Jul. 19, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration has asked for a review of the agency's food and tobacco programs following months of criticism over their handling of the baby formula shortage and e-cigarette reviews. Tuesday's announcement comes as FDA Commissioner...

US regulators clear way for more monkeypox vaccine shipments

Jul. 14, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more doses of monkeypox vaccine are expected to soon begin shipping to the U.S. after federal health officials said they had completed an inspection of the overseas plant where they were manufactured. The update from the Food and Drug Administration...

US regulators OK new COVID-19 shot option from Novavax

Jul. 14, 2022 06:17 AM EDT

The U.S. is getting another COVID-19 vaccine choice as the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared Novavax shots for adults. Novavax makes a more traditional type of shot than the three other COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the U.S. -- and one that’s already...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 13, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 12 The Washington Post says the Jan. 6 hearings show that lies can kill “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” President Donald Trump tweeted in December of 2020. “Be there, will...