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FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The popular diabetes drug Januvia may contain traces of a probable carcinogen, but patients should keep using the medication because it could be dangerous to stop taking it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week.

Despite the discovery that Nitroso-STG-19 (NTTP) had been found in some samples of the drug, known generically as ...

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Even a "small" nuclear war, far short of a global conflict, could kill much of the world's population due to starvation, a new study projects.

Any nuclear war would have obviously devastating effects in the places where it was waged — obliterating cities, instantly killing huge numbers of people, and contaminating local soil a...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to three companies, including Amazon, for selling unapproved products for removing moles and skin t...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin a comprehensive review of its food and tobacco programs amid a high-profile infant formula shortage and recent rulings on e-cigarettes.

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf first announced the re...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says nearly 100 people have now been hospitalized and hundreds have become ill in at least 26 states after consuming a lentil-based product from Daily Harvest.

The fallout is mounting for the food delivery company, which first

  • By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • July 18, 2022
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  • Dog treats are being voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services reported July 6 that some Stormberg Foods LLC dog treats were contaminated with salmonella, which triggered

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 14, 2022
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  • Big Olaf Creamery said Wednesday that it is recalling all flavors and all lots of Big Olaf brand ice cream products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

    While healthy individuals may only suffer short-term symptoms after infection - including high fever, severe headac...

    For decades, birth control pills in the United States have only been available with a prescription, but an application filed Monday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an over-the-counter pill might change all that.

    The lates...

    Bumble Bee Foods is recalling some canned, smoked clams because they contain high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    The voluntary recall, announced July 6,...

    The Biden administration said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that international makers of baby formula can continue marketing their products in the United States, to avoid any infant formula shortage in the future.

    The move to help foreign suppliers who have had temporary approval for their formulas will provide consumers with more choices and bolster the industry against future s...

    Patients who test positive for COVID-19 can now get the antiviral pill Paxlovid directly from their pharmacists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    The action removes limits that had restricted prescribing authority to health care providers and Test-to-Treat sites.<...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday temporarily suspended its ban on e-cigarettes sold by Juul Labs while the company while appeals the agency's action.

    The FDA Center for Tobacco Products wrote on Twitter that "the agency has determined that there are scienti...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has asked vaccine makers to update their COVID-19 booster shots to target the Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5.

    The two highly contagious subvariants now account for more than half of all new COVID cases in the United States...

    Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

    The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy...

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants.

    Because the virus mutates so quickly, the FDA may approve the new vaccine formulations, since COVID-19 cases are expected to surge again this winter. Tuesday's advisory panel approval speeds the pr...

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will vote on Tuesday whether to recommend that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highl...

    A federal appeals court has ruled that for now, Juul Labs can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes on the U.S. market.

    The Friday ruling came in response to the company seeking a temporary emergency hold while it appeals a ban of its products that was issue...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Lab's to pull its e-cigarettes off the American market.

    "Today's action is further progress on the FDA's commitment to ensuring that all e-cigarette and electronic nicotine d...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to pull Juul Lab's e-cigarettes off the American market.

    The decision, which follows a two-year review of reams of data presented by the vaping company, could come as early as Wednesday, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

    The FDA has already

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 22, 2022
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  • After a final sign-off on Saturday from the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 have finally become a reality.

    "This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for vaccination," the agency said in a

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 20, 2022
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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel will decide on Tuesday whether to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

    The panel will

    Yet another study shows that ivermectin provides no benefits for COVID-19 patients, but researchers say they'll continue to study a higher dose of the drug.

    Even though the drug used for parasitic infections in animals and people is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat COVID-19, some have touted it as a therapy against the disease. The

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 13, 2022
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  • An experimental drug for the neurological disorder ALS was approved in Canada on Monday, but an ongoing evaluation of the treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has raised questions about its effectiveness.

    A condition of Hea...

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel will weigh whether to recommend the emergency use of Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

    The decision will be based on

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 7, 2022
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  • Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

    The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since February for what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called "insanitary conditions." In the first three months of the year...

    Some lots of Jif brand peanut butter are being recalled as health officials investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness tied to the products.

    Fourteen illnesses (including two hospitalizations) tied to the Salmonella Senftenberg strain of the bacteria have occurred in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina,...

    A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

    The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.

    Earlier this week, the FDA...

    The first underwear meant to protect against sexually transmitted infections during oral sex was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

    Lorals -- which are available as bikinis or shorties -- are made of vanilla-flavored latex about as thin as condom material and form a s...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to watch out for phony at-home, over-the-counter COVID-19 tests that look a lot like the real things.

    The counterfeit test kits may put you at risk of unknowingly spreading the disease or not seeking appropriate medical treatment, the agency cautions.

    The phonies "are made to look like authorized tests so the users will thi...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released proposed rules - first announced a year ago - to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

    "The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in an FDA

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 28, 2022
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  • Twelve companies have been issued warning letters about selling over-the-counter skin lightening products containing hydroquinone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.

    The products are unapproved drugs that are not recognized as safe and effective, according to

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 20, 2022
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  • Disability activist Gem Hubbard regularly shares her insights about life in a wheelchair with more than 75,000 Instagram followers, under the handle @wheelsnoheels_, and her YouTube videos boast more than 3.7 million hits.

    Hubbard, who hails from the U.K., is "increasingly known internationally for her work in furthering the horizons of people with and without disabilities,"

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 15, 2022
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  • People who suspect they may have COVID-19 could soon find out with a simple breath test that delivers results in three minutes.

    On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization for a device called the InspectIR Covid-19 Breathalyzer. The test, which must be administered by a trained operator, demonstrates a high degree of accuracy while taking up n...

    A new law will ensure that vaping companies making electronic cigarettes using synthetic nicotine, in fruit flavors that appeal to teenagers, can be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    When the law took effect Thursday,...

    Johnson & Johnson must pay $302 million to the state of California for deceptive marketing of pelvic mesh implants for women, an appeals court ruled on Monday.

    However, that is $42 million less than the $344 million originally assessed in 2020.

    Superior Co...

    The United States and Canada are investigating a multistate outbreak of norovirus illnesses linked to raw oysters from Canada.

    Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell these potentially contaminated raw oysters, which were harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 5, 2022
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  • Despite months of intense lobbying by patient advocates, federal health officials on Monday posted a largely negative review of an experimental drug for the devastating illness known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    In an analysis of Amylyx Pharmaceuticals' drug, known for now only as

  • Dennis Thompson and Robin Foster
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  • March 29, 2022
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  • Advocacy groups are pressing U.S. federal regulators to fast-track approval of an experimental drug treatment for the deadly neurological disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), with a decision expected this week.

    The push to approve the drug, so far just called AMX0035, is based on partial data from cl...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized several tobacco-flavored vaping products made by the company Logic on Thursday, and added that it would soon announce whether other big-name brands can continue to sell their products in this country.

    The agency said it has acted on approximately 99% of the nearly 6.7 million e-cigarette products submitted for authorization, including denia...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday gave the green light to the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle.

    "Today's decision underscores our commitment to using a risk and science-based, data-driven process that focuses on safety to the animals containing intentional genomic alterations and safety to the people who eat the food produced by these animals," Dr. Steven M. Solomon, dir...

    A wide range of human food, pet food, medical devices and drug products have been recalled by Family Dollar Inc. due to the risk of salmonella and other hazards associated with a rodent infestation at a company warehouse in Arkansas.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated products were shipped from the Family...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another pointed warning about the dangers posed by tianeptine, an antidepressant that is not approved for any type of medical treatment in the United States.

    Topping the list of possible risks from ta...

    Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    "As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation's newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial...

    In a tight vote, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Dr. Robert Califf to once again head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ending the agency's year-long stretch without a permanent leader.

    Six Republicans crossed over to support Califf in the Senate's 50-46 vote, while five Democrats opposed him. One senator voted present.

    Califf, a cardiologist and medical researcher, briefl...

    A new lung cancer drug that has only been tested in China was soundly rejected by an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

    Known as sintilimab, the treatment is a type of immunotherapy that unleashes the immune system to attack tumors. It was developed and tested in China by Innovent Biologics, which entered into an agreement with Eli Lilly that...

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday gave its full approval to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for use in people 18 and older.

    This follows a similar move made Jan. 31 by its sister agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The vaccine, which had before been available for that age group only under emergency use authorization (EUA), will be marketed as Spike...

    A newer type of "clot-busting" medication might be safer than the one long used for treating strokes, a preliminary study hints.

    Researchers found that among nearly 7,900 stroke sufferers, those treated with the drug -- called tenecteplase -- were less likely to suffer life-threatening brain bleeding as a side effect, compared to those given the standard medication alteplase.

    Overal...

    Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine has received full approval for use in people 18 and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

    The vaccine, which has been available for that age group under emergency use authorization (EUA), will be marketed as Spikevax. It's not yet fully approved or authorized for use in people younger than 18.

    This is the second COVID-19 vaccine to...

    MONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (healthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is curtailing the use of two monoclonal antibody treatments that do not appear to work against the highly contagious Omicron variant.

    The combo treatments bamlanivimab/etesevimab and ...