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Drug shortages keep on growing. Older, injectable medicines are among the most vulnerable

Jun. 17, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has become a record run. Total active shortages hit an all-time high of 323 in this year’s first quarter, according to the University of Utah Drug Information Service. That’s up...

Some hawking stem cells say they can treat almost anything. They can't

Jun. 15, 2024 11:41 AM EDT

The mailings promised “Life Without Pain!” via stem cell injections or IVs administered in a patient’s own home. The allure was obvious: more than 20% of U.S. adults endure chronic pain. The flyers invited Iowans to free dinners across the state. Afterward, sales people...

Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

Jun. 13, 2024 17:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago. The...

FDA took months to react to complaint about Abbott infant formula factory, audit finds

Jun. 13, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took more than 15 months to act on a whistleblower complaint it received about conditions at an Abbott Nutrition factory that was at the center of a nationwide shortage of infant formula, a new audit shows. The Department of Labor received the...

The Latest | The US Supreme Court rules to preserve access to the abortion pill mifepristone

Jun. 13, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously to preserve access to the drug most commonly used in medication abortion. The nine justices found that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the Food and Drug Administration's approval of mifepristone and the...

Abortion pill access is unchanged after the Supreme Court's decision. Here's what you need to know

Jun. 13, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Access to the abortion pill mifepristone will not change after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected an effort Thursday by anti-abortion groups to roll back its availability, a win for abortion rights supporters and millions of women in states where abortion is legal. ...

Senators blast health and law enforcement officials over illegal e-cigarettes used by teens

Jun. 12, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators on Wednesday blasted top health and law enforcement officials for not doing more to combat the rise of illegal electronic cigarettes in the U.S., a multibillion-dollar business that has flourished amid haphazard enforcement. Democrats and Republicans on...

Things to know about FDA warning on paralytic shellfish poisoning in Pacific Northwest

Jun. 10, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says consumers should avoid eating shellfish from Oregon and Washington state as they may be contaminated with toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. At least 31 people have been sickened in Oregon so far, according to state...

Alzheimer's drug that can slow disease gets backing from FDA advisers

Jun. 10, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched Alzheimer's drug from Eli Lilly won the backing of federal health advisers on Monday, setting the stage for the treatment's expected approval for people with mild dementia caused by the brain-robbing disease. Food and Drug Administration advisers...

FDA and DOJ pledge more cooperation on illegal e-cigarettes ahead of congressional hearing

Jun. 10, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators and law enforcement officials on Monday vowed to work more closely to stop sales of illegal electronic cigarettes, which have grown into a multibillion-dollar business in the U.S. while skirting government oversight. The Food and Drug...