Drug Administration

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

WASHINGTON | US warns liquid nicotine packets resemble juice boxes, candy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities are issuing warnings to makers of liquid nicotine whose packaging resembles children’s juice boxes, candies and cookies. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the packaging practice is illegal for vaping formulas. The agency says children could mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended for use in e-cigarettes and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US warns liquid nicotine packets resemble juice boxes, candy

TRENTON, N.J | First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

TRENTON, N.J. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque (jihn-AR’-kew), from Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of … Continue reading TRENTON, N.J | First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

WASHINGTON | Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

WASHINGTON | US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a nationwide operation against illegal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools