Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

Louisiana Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances

May. 23, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Supporters of...

There's bird flu in US dairy cows. Raw milk drinkers aren't deterred

May. 14, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

Sales of raw milk appear to be on the rise, despite years of warnings about the health risks of drinking the unpasteurized products — and an outbreak of bird flu in dairy cows. Since March 25, when the bird flu virus was confirmed in U.S. cattle for the first time, weekly sales of...

US pledges money and other aid to help track and contain bird flu on dairy farms

May. 10, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

U.S. health and agriculture officials pledged nearly $200 million in new spending and other efforts Friday to help track and contain an outbreak of bird flu in the nation's dairy cows that has spread to more than 40 herds in nine states. The new funds include $101 million to...

Can yogurt reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes?

May. 06, 2024 12:11 PM EDT

Sharp-eyed grocery shoppers may notice new labels in the dairy aisle touting yogurt as way to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently said it’s OK for producers of yogurt to make that claim — even though the agency...

New Liberia forest boss plans to increase exports, denies working with war criminal Charles Taylor

May. 06, 2024 09:57 AM EDT

Liberia, West Africa’s most forested country, has a long history of illegal logging, which the country's regulator, the Forestry Development Authority, has repeatedly struggled to confront. So it raised eyebrows when Rudolph Merab, whose companies were twice found to have engaged...

California is joining with a New Jersey company to make a generic opioid overdose reversal drug

Apr. 29, 2024 17:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will soon begin selling its own generic version of Narcan — the drug that can save someone's life during an opioid overdose — under a deal announced Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom as part of his effort to offer less expensive, state-branded options...

Philips will pay $1.1 billion to resolve US lawsuits over breathing machines that expel debris

Apr. 29, 2024 14:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical device maker Philips said Monday it will pay $1.1 billion to settle hundreds of personal injury lawsuits in the U.S. over its defective sleep apnea machines, which have been subject to a massive global recall. The Dutch manufacturer did not admit any fault...

FDA brings lab tests under federal oversight in bid to improve accuracy and safety

Apr. 29, 2024 13:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Makers of medical tests that have long escaped government oversight will have about four years to show that their new offerings deliver accurate results, under a government rule vigorously opposed by the testing industry. The regulation finalized Monday by the...

Biden officials indefinitely postpone ban on menthol cigarettes amid election-year pushback

Apr. 26, 2024 22:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is indefinitely delaying a long-awaited menthol cigarette ban, a decision that infuriated anti-smoking advocates but could avoid a political backlash from Black voters in November. In a statement Friday, Biden’s top health...

What to know about Zyn, the tiny nicotine pouch that's sparked a big health debate

Apr. 26, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tiny Philip Morris product called Zyn has been making big headlines, sparking debate about whether new nicotine-based alternatives intended for adults may be catching on with underage teens and adolescents. Here’s what to know about Zyn: WHAT IS...