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Researchers Looking Into Current Guidelines On Statin Usage

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

FDA Recalls More Valsartan Blood Pressure Drugs Over Cancer Concerns

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

FDA Warns Against Honey Pacifiers Following 4 Infant Botulism Cases In Texas

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

FDA May Soon Crack Down On Menthol Cigarettes

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

Smoking In US At Record Low, Says CDC Report

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

FDA Approves Return Of Non-Prescription Asthma Inhaler After 7 Years

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

FDA Approves New Opioid Despite Concerns Over Abuse And Misuse

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

FDA Approves New Flu Treatment Drug

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

FDA Warns Vape Company Over Vape Liquids With Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

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 Tainted With Unapproved Ingredients Such As Viagra And Steroids

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

FDA Expands Usage Of HPV Vaccine To Adults Aged 27 To 45

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

MitraClip Heart Device Reduces Deaths Among Patients With Damaged Heart Valves

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

Flea And Tick Medicine Can Cause Nerve Related Side Effects, Says FDA

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

Over 2 Million Middle And High School Students In The US Have Vaped Marijuana, According To Study

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

FDA Findings Show Yet Another Impurity In Heart Drug Valsartan

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

FDA Announces Approval For 2 New HIV Drugs

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 Warned In May No Longer Selling In 'Kid-Friendly' Packaging: FDA

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

Nationwide Recall Issued For 32 Children's Medicines For Possible 'Microbial Contamination'

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

FDA Approves Device For OCD Treatment

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

FDA Warns Veterinarians Of Pet Owners Potentially Using Animals To Get Opioid Prescription

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

Unapproved Antidepressant Is Causing Opioid-Like Symptoms, Raises Drug Abuse And Misuse Concerns

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

FDA Cautions Against ‘Vaginal Rejuvenation’ Treatments, Says They Might Cause Serious Side Effects

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

FDA Just Approved A New Pill That Could Help With Endometriosis Pain

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

New Smallpox Drug Approved By FDA To Address Bioterrorism Risks

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

FDA Approves Cloth Drug That Combats Excessive Armpit Sweating

A drug-infused cloth that can prevent the activation of sweat glands has been approved by the FDA as a drug to combat excessive armpit sweating. It only needs to be wiped on the skin once a day.

Medicine June 30, 2018

FDA Approves First Marijuana-Based Drug In US: Here's What You Need To Know About Epidiolex

The Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex, the first marijuana-based drug in the United States. Epidiolex is for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures in children as young as 1-year-old.

Medicine June 27, 2018

E. coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce Is The Largest In A Decade: FDA

What's the latest update on the investigations regarding the multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce? Authorities are still struggling to find the main source of the contamination.

Public Health June 3, 2018

Artificial Iris Implant Approved By FDA, But Not Everyone Can Change Eye Color

The Food and Drug Administration approved the CustomFlex Artificial Iris, the first artificial iris implant in the United States. The implant will benefit patients with missing or damaged irises due to aniridia, traumatic injury, albinism, and melanoma.

Medicine June 1, 2018

FDA Approves AI Algorithm To Help Doctors Diagnose Fractures Faster

On Thursday, May 24, the FDA approved an AI-based software to detect wrist fractures. The software called OsteoDetect uses artificial intelligence to help doctors make a diagnosis faster.

Biotech May 28, 2018

FDA Warns Of So-Called 'Sunscreen Pills': What Are They?

Can so-called 'sunscreen pills' really protect the skin from harmful UV rays? FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says no pills can replace topical sunscreens.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 26, 2018

FDA Warns Parents About The Dangers Of Using Teething Medicines On Babies, Wants Them Discontinued

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents to stop using teething medicines on infants. Health officials claim that an ingredient in these products could lead to dangerous side effects for babies.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 24, 2018

FDA Continues To Stop Companies From Selling Kratom Supplements That Could Be Linked To Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration cracked down again on companies that continue to sell the kratom supplement. The unknown product is linked to a recent outbreak of salmonella, which has so far affected 130 people in the United States.

Public Health May 22, 2018

Migraine Prevention Drug Receives FDA Approval: Aimovig By Amgen Is The First Of Its Kind

Aimovig, designed for long-term migraine prevention, will now go on sale after receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug is the first of its kind, and it could soon mean the end of chronic migraines.

Medicine May 18, 2018

FDA Approves Lucemyra, The First Non-Opioid Drug For Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Up To 14 Days

The Food and Drug Administration approved of Lucemyra, a treatment for adults suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms. It has been approved for patients to use up to 14 days.

Medicine May 16, 2018

FDA Warns Of EpiPen Shortage: How To Be Prepared When You Need An Emergency Allergy Shot

EpiPens and generic versions are facing a shortage in the United States, says the FDA. Here's how to deal with this issue and survive the shortage.

Public Health May 10, 2018

E-Cigarette Use In Classrooms Plummets, FDA Tries To Prevent Sales To Minors

After principals and teachers noticed an increase in the use of e-cigarettes in school, the FDA set out to encourage retailers to stop selling vapes to minors. Some companies have already begun to raise the purchasing age to 21.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2018

Marijuana-Based Drug For Seizures Gets Unanimous Recommendation From FDA Committee

An FDA advisory committee gave the go-ahead for Epidiolex, a marijuana-based drug that treats two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. The FDA is scheduled to vote this June.

Medicine April 20, 2018

A Seizure Drug Made From Marijuana Is This Close To Getting FDA Approval

GW Pharmaceuticals awaits FDA approval for Epidiolex, which contains an element derived from cannabis. It will treat children suffering from two rare forms of epilepsy by making their seizures less frequent.

Medicine April 18, 2018

FDA Issues First Ever Mandatory Recall For Contaminated Food: Kratom Products With Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a mandatory recall for all kratom products by Triangle Pharmanaturals. This is the first time that the FDA launched such an order, looking to stem the salmonella outbreaks related to the herbal supplement.

Public Health April 4, 2018

FDA Cracks Down On Salt Intake, Redefines What ‘Healthy’ Labels Mean

The FDA revised its nutrition plans, which follows through the efforts of the Obama administration. Among the targeted programs are reduced public sodium intake, better food labels, and full disclosure of product ingredients.

Public Health March 31, 2018

FDA Takes Action To Regulate Flavors In Cigarettes

The U.S. FDA announced it will regulate flavored tobacco products in an effort to reduce the number of young smokers. The agency is also looking to review policies on e-cigars and lowering nicotine content to a nonaddictive level.

Public Health March 20, 2018

FDA Plans To Lower Nicotine Content In Cigarettes To Non-Addictive Levels

In a historic move, the Food and Drug Authority announced its plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. This effort could lead to lower smoking rates and could address rising tobacco smoking-related deaths and diseases.

Public Health March 16, 2018

The FDA Is Taking Steps To Combat Opioid Addiction, Plans Expanded Access To Medication-Assisted Therapy

New Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has vowed to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts. He also announced that the FDA will issue two new guidances to combat America’s opioid crisis.

Medicine February 27, 2018

Antibiotic Clarithromycin Can Potentially Raise Risk Of Death In Patients With Heart Disease

FDA has released an alert cautioning against the prescription of clarithromycin to heart disease patients. The agency had advised health care providers to weigh the cons of the antibiotics because it can increase death risks in heart disease patients.

Public Health February 23, 2018

Drug For Treatment Of Peanut Allergy Nears Approval

After successful clinical trials, a new drug to treat peanut allergy is getting closer to approval. A large number of children suffering from peanut allergies can benefit from the drug.

Medicine February 21, 2018

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