FDA gives insomnia drugs their strongest warning due to numerous cases of these medications causing serious side effects. In some recorded incidents, the patients have even experienced death or homicide.
Public Health May 2, 2019
The first generic naloxone nasal spray has been approved by the FDA. The move is a response to the increasing number of people who have died due to opioid overdose in the United States.
Public Health April 20, 2019
Torrent Pharmaceuticals has issued its fourth losartan recall since December after potentially carcinogenic impurities have been found in the high blood pressure medication. The FDA is advising patients to consult with pharmacists and physicians for alternatives.
Medicine April 20, 2019
Consumers should avoid buying and using pre-owned or unauthorized home use test strips through online marketplaces, according to the FDA. Many of these products might prove to be unsafe to use by patients.
Public Health April 20, 2019
A cost-effective study revealed that implementing the Food and Drug Administration's added sugar labeling policy could generate substantial health gains and cost savings. Among these gains include the reduction of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Public Health April 16, 2019
The FDA has ruled out 28 active ingredients found in hand sanitizers for evaluation under its OTC Drug Review. However, the agency is still reserving judgment on three other ingredients, including ethyl alcohol, until it completes its analysis.
Public Health April 12, 2019
Hawaii proposed a bill that will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette liquids that are popular among young users. The bill aims to control the rising number of teens who vape.
Public Health April 1, 2019
For the first time in over 20 years, the FDA issued amendments to the national mammography standards. According to the federal agency, the proposed changes will improve and modernize breast cancer screening.
Public Health March 29, 2019
FDA reviews the safety risks of breast implants at a public hearing where multiple women spoke out against breast implant surgery. Breast implants have been linked to a number of health issues, including a rare type of cancer.
Medicine March 26, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the drug Zulresso in the treatment of postpartum depression among mothers. This marks the first time a specific medication will be used for treatment.
Medicine March 21, 2019
More than a million injuries and malfunctions have been recorded in a hidden database accessible only to the FDA. Under the alternative summary reporting program, companies obtained exemptions from making reports of their product malfunctions public.
Public Health March 20, 2019
Physician-scientist Norman ‘Ned’ Sharpless will take over FDA leadership from outgoing Commissioner Scott Gottlieb starting April. Sharpless is expected to continue the agency’s critical public health mission.
Public Health March 14, 2019
The FDA approved the first immunotherapy drug to treat breast cancer. The medication was specifically prescribed for patients with triple-negative breast cancer, which is the metastatic and advanced-stage disease.
Medicine March 9, 2019
The FDA announced on Tuesday that esketamine has been approved for people with treatment-resistant depression. The drug developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. can offer quick relief from symptoms for patients living with the mood disorder.
Medicine March 6, 2019
A long-time drug manufacturer said that the FDA is partly to blame for the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States. A 2001 label change of Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller, gave more people access to the drug.
Public Health February 26, 2019
One of the proposed changes would be to classify safe ingredients used in sunscreen products as GRASE. Only two of the 16 ingredients in sunscreens would be considered GRASE under the new proposal.
Public Health February 23, 2019
The FDA might take action if the states continue to allow parents to not vaccinate children despite the declaration of measles outbreaks in five states. There are currently 17 states that allow vaccine exemptions for philosophical reasons.
Public Health February 21, 2019
A study by the CDC, FDA, and the National Cancer Institute found that the use of e-cigarettes among teens has increased significantly in 2018. Based on estimates, one in five high school students and one in 14 middle school students vape.
Space February 13, 2019
The FDA said that the number of unique cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with breast implants increased to over 400 patients. The agency also noted that the disease is more common in textured breast implants.
Public Health February 9, 2019
American Lung Association issued a report that reviews the efforts of the federal government to restrict children's access to e-cigarettes. The FDA received a failing mark for allowing e-cigarette use among youths to rise in 2018.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2019
An explosive report forced the U.S. FDA to reconsider its application system for new medical devices. The overhaul was a response to thousands of injuries from medical devices based on older technology.
Public Health December 13, 2018
Should everyone take statin drugs? Researchers reviewed existing data from trials and surveys to weigh the side effects and benefits of the preventive drugs that claim to lower cholesterol.
Medicine December 4, 2018
More valsartan blood pressure drugs were recalled due to the presence of NDEA, a chemical used as fuel. Teva Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall of two of its valsartan combination drugs for fear it might cause cancer.
Medicine December 1, 2018
The FDA is reminding parents not to feed honey to their infants, as their digestive systems are still immature. The warning comes after four infant botulism cases were reported in Texas.
Public Health November 17, 2018
A report said that the FDA might follow Canada and the European Union into banning traditional menthol cigarettes. The regulatory board might also crack down on flavored e-cigarette cartridges or pods.
Public Health November 12, 2018
A report by the FDA and the CDC revealed that only 14 percent of Americans smoke or consume tobacco products. The number is down from over 40 percent in the mid-60s.
Public Health November 9, 2018
Seven years after it was taken off the market, asthma inhaler Primatene may now be purchased again for asthma relief. The new version no longer contains ozone-depleting CFC propellants.
Medicine November 9, 2018
The FDA just approved a powerful new opioid despite criticisms and concerns over its potential to contribute to the opioid crisis. Why was Dsuvia approved?
Medicine November 3, 2018
The U.S. FDA has approved Xofluza to relieve symptoms of flu. It is the first antiviral drug for flu to be approved by the public health body in the past 20 years.
Medicine October 25, 2018
The FDA issued a warning to an e-cigarette company regarding their products containing prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction. The products are considered misbranded under federal law.
Public Health October 15, 2018
Nearly 800 dietary supplements were found to be tainted with hidden drug ingredients. Less than half of said products were recalled, and some are still available in the market.
Public Health October 13, 2018
The FDA has approved the HPV vaccine Gardasil to be administered to men and women aged 27 to 45. The vaccine can protect individuals from nine types of HPV that cause certain cancers such as cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal.
Medicine October 7, 2018
Researchers claimed that patients saw drastically improved symptoms after they had used the MitraClip during a two-year clinical trial. Fewer patients needed to be hospitalized because of severe heart failure.
Medicine September 25, 2018
The FDA issued a warning against a type of anti-flea and tick medicines that might cause adverse neurological issues. Dogs and cats that have taken these veterinary products experienced muscle tremors and seizures.
Medicine September 21, 2018
A new study found that vaping marijuana is prevalent among children in middle school and high school in the United States. Up to 2 million children across the country have admitted to using e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana at least once.
Public Health September 19, 2018
The FDA has found NDEA, another known carcinogen, in some batches of valsartan drugs used for treating heart conditions and high blood pressure. The drugs have been added to the recalled list.
Medicine September 15, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs for patients diagnosed with HIV-1. Delstrigo and Pifeltro will be widely available across the country in the coming months.
Medicine September 3, 2018
E-cigarette companies that were sent warning letters have already complied to the FDA and FTC's push. They no longer sell e-liquids that closely resemble the packaging for kid-friendly products.
Public Health August 25, 2018
King Bio issued a nationwide recall of over 30 types of its products over a potential microbial contamination. No illnesses have been reported, but the recall was set in place 'out of an abundance of caution.'
Public Health August 24, 2018
Transcranial magnetic stimulation was previously approved by the FDA as a means to treat depression and headaches. Now, the FDA just approved a TMS device to help patients with OCD.
Medicine August 18, 2018
The FDA is fighting on all fronts when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Veterinarians are called to partner with the agency in fighting the public health crisis.
Public Health August 16, 2018
Tianeptine is considered an effective antidepressant drug that can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, its toxicity and opioid-mimicking characteristics make it a potential public health risk.
Public Health August 4, 2018
The FDA says vaginal rejuvenation devices have not gone through the correct approval process required to show they’re effective or let alone safe to use. These alternative treatments have increased in popularity thanks to the media.
Public Health July 31, 2018
There is a new hope for women who are suffering greatly from the pain induced by endometriosis. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a new pill that could give relief to women who have this condition.
Medicine July 25, 2018
To address bioterrorism risks, the FDA has approved the first drug that's specifically designed to treat smallpox. Research on the disease continues even if it has been considered eradicated since 1980.
Public Health July 13, 2018