Drug Administration

NEW YORK | Americans, Canadians are warned: Don’t eat romaine lettuce

NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in … Continue reading NEW YORK | Americans, Canadians are warned: Don’t eat romaine lettuce

NEW YORK | No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

NEW YORK— Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they’re in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows about it, … Continue reading NEW YORK | No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

TRENTON, N.J. | FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

TRENTON, N.J.  — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said there will be “very … Continue reading TRENTON, N.J. | FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

WASHINGTON | Cross talk: Federal agencies clash on cellphone cancer ris

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there’s no reason for people to worry. No new research was issued Thursday. Instead, the National Toxicology Program dialed up its concerns about a link to heart and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Cross talk: Federal agencies clash on cellphone cancer ris

FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine up to age 45

U.S. regulators have expanded the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved use of Gardasil 9 (GARR’-duh-sill) for women and men through 45. The vaccine protects against the human papilloma … Continue reading FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine up to age 45

NEW YORK | Confused about the term ‘soy milk’? FDA wants to know

NEW YORK — Do people understand the differences between milk and soy and rice “milk”? That’s what the Food and Drug Administration is asking as it considers whether soy and other non-dairy products can keep calling themselves “milk.” Right now, federal standards define milk as coming from a cow. The call for comments, being published … Continue reading NEW YORK | Confused about the term ‘soy milk’? FDA wants to know

CHICAGO | Feds confirm 507 people sick after eating McDonald’s salad

CHICAGO — Federal health officials say they’ve confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald’s salads. The illnesses reported earlier this year are linked to the cyclospora parasite, which can cause diarrhea, intestinal pain, nausea or fatigue. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that 507 … Continue reading CHICAGO | Feds confirm 507 people sick after eating McDonald’s salad

FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription. The agency proposed new guidelines Tuesday for drugmakers who want to switch prescription drugs to over the counter. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency is evaluating ways to make sure … Continue reading FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs