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  • FDA delays high-stakes decision on muscular dystrophy drug

    May 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators will take more time to review a highly-contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine. Drugmaker Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration will miss its goal of issuing a decision... more »
  • FDA adds e-cigarettes to regulations

    May 5, 2016 11:56 AM

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will now include regulations for electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. Until the announcement, the FDA could only regulate cigarettes and cigarette-related products and smokeless tobacco. The new regulations will forbid the sale of e-cigarettes to children, will... more »
  • FDA advisers reconsider training for painkiller prescribers

    May 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers are discussing changes to government programs that were intended to improve the safety of painkillers like OxyContin, but which have had an unclear impact. The Food and Drug Administration has assembled more than two dozen experts to review its risk-management plans, put in place... more »
  • FDA effort aims to curb smoking in LGBT community

    May 2, 2016 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. The $35.7-million effort targets the estimated 40 percent of the 2 million LGBT young adults in... more »
  • FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens

    April 19, 2016 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - Government health regulators will team up with minor league baseball teams as part of a new campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. The Food and Drug Administration says its latest effort targets white, rural males who are more likely to use dip, chew and... more »
  • FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

    March 30, 2016 1:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step that will help protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus. The action means U.S. territories with active Zika infections, primarily Puerto Rico, will be able to resume... more »
  • New FDA chief cites promise of harder-to-abuse pain drugs

    March 1, 2016 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration's new commissioner says his agency will fully back efforts to develop harder-to-abuse painkillers, part of a sweeping government drive to reduce deadly overdoses with pain medications. Dr. Robert Califf told a panel of FDA advisers that his agency alone cannot solve the... more »
  • Senate confirms Robert Califf as head of FDA

    February 24, 2016 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Senators voted 89-4 Wednesday to confirm Robert Califf after a handful of Democrats delayed action in a protest over the agency's inaction on the abuse of opioid painkillers. Califf... more »
  • Gov't watchdog: many gaps in FDA's oversight of drug safety

    January 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is working hard to speed up reviews of new drugs, yet often fails to keep track of safety issues with those medicines once they reach patients, according to government investigators. A new Government Accountability Office report outlines a host of shortcomings in... more »
  • First-of-a-kind drug approvals continued rise in 2015

    January 4, 2016 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Approvals for first-of-a-kind drugs climbed higher last year, pushing the annual tally of new U.S. drugs to its highest level in 19 years. The rising figures reflect an industry-wide focus on drugs for rare and hard-to-treat diseases, which often come with streamlined reviews, extra patent protections and higher... more »
  • Painkiller politics: Effort to curb prescribing under fire

    December 18, 2015 6:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bold federal effort to curb prescribing of painkillers may be faltering amid stiff resistance from drugmakers, industry-funded groups and, now, even other public health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was on track to finalize new prescribing guidelines for opioid painkillers in January. The... more »
  • FDA proposes ban on indoor tanning for minors

    December 18, 2015 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are proposing a ban on the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18, part of an ongoing effort to reduce skin cancers caused by the devices. The Food and Drug Administration proposal would also require tanning bed users to sign consent... more »
  • FDA OKs first generic for Gleevec leukemia pill

    December 4, 2015 12:54 PM

    U.S. regulators have approved a generic version of one of the first very effective - and expensive - cancer drugs, Gleevec. The Food and Drug Administration granted a subsidiary of Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. approval to sell generic Gleevec pills, known chemically as imatinib mesylate, in 100-milligram... more »
  • New federal rule for catfish inspection process finalized

    November 25, 2015 3:04 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Catfish and other ray-finned fish species will undergo a new inspection process starting in March. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service released its final rule Wednesday on the new process. Under the rule, the agency will conduct inspections at U.S. processing and slaughter... more »
  • FDA approves Bristol-Myers drug for new use in kidney cancer

    November 23, 2015 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have expanded approval of a cancer drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat an advanced form of kidney cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says the injectable-drug, Opdivo, is approved for patients with renal cell carcinoma who have previously tried certain other drugs. More than 14,000... more »
  • Pfizer, Allergan combine to create the world's largest drugmaker

    November 23, 2015 7:30 AM

    UNDATED - Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion deal to create the world's largest drugmaker. The transaction is valued at $363.63 per Allergan share. Allergan shareholders will receive 11.3 shares of the combined company for each of their shares. Pfizer stockholders get one share of the combined... more »
  • FDA approves AstraZeneca drug for advanced lung cancer

    November 13, 2015 6:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from AstraZeneca for patients with lung cancer that has spread despite earlier treatments. The daily pill, Tagrisso, is intended for patients whose tumors have a genetic mutation that affects their growth. Regulators approved the drug based... more »
  • FDA clears first new tobacco products under federal pathway

    November 10, 2015 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first new tobacco products for the U.S. market, under a system authorized more than 5 years ago. The agency says it cleared the sale of eight snus, or teabag-like pouches of loose tobacco, from Swedish Match. Snus are popular... more »
  • Glaxo wins US approval for drug to treat severe asthma

    November 4, 2015 6:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved an injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC to treat severe asthma attacks. The agency on Wednesday cleared Nucala for patients 12 years and older who cannot control their asthma with more conventional drug options. According to federal figures, more than... more »
  • Women urge FDA to pull contraceptive device linked to pain

    September 24, 2015 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Women who received a metallic birth control implant are urging health regulators to pull the device from the market, citing problems like severe pain, bleeding and weight gain. The Essure implant has been sold for more than a decade and is frequently pitched to women as the only... more »
  • FDA experts to review safety of Essure birth control implant

    September 21, 2015 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal medical experts will take a closer look at a host of problems reported with the birth control implant called Essure, including chronic pain, bleeding, headaches and allergic reactions. Essure has been sold for 13 years but the Food and Drug Administration has recently received a flurry of... more »
  • FDA panel votes against painkiller from OxyContin maker

    September 10, 2015 5:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers have overwhelmingly voted against a proposed painkiller from the maker of OxyContin due to risks of overdose. Purdue Pharma is seeking FDA approval to market a harder-to-abuse version of the immediate-release drug oxycodone. The company already sells an extended-release formulation of the drug OxyContin,... more »
  • FDA warns powdered caffeine distrubutors

    September 1, 2015 8:54 PM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO- The FDA issued warning letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine warning them they put users at risk or getting sick or being hurt. They follow the deaths of two young men who died of overdoses in Georgia and Ohio. The FDA claims one teaspoon of pure... more »
  • FDA issues warning letters to 'natural' tobacco makers

    August 27, 2015 1:59 PM

    NEW YORK - The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims. The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman's 1400 Broadway N.Y.C.... more »
  • FDA lays out naming rules for lower-cost biotech drugs

    August 27, 2015 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has released its proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines. Biotech drugs are powerful, injected medicines produced in living cells which are typically much more expensive than traditional chemical-based drugs.... more »
  • FDA: scope manufacturer waited years to report problems

    August 17, 2015 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have uncovered new violations by the manufacturer of medical scopes recently linked to outbreaks of deadly "superbug" bacteria at U.S. hospitals. Olympus Corp. failed to alert regulators to a cluster of 16 infections in patients who underwent procedures with the company's scope in 2012, according... more »
  • FDA approves OxyContin for children 11 and older

    August 13, 2015 6:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 suffering from severe, chronic pain. OxyContin is an extended-release opioid that has long been used to treat around-the-clock pain in adults. But most pain medications are not... more »
  • Kardashian runs afoul of FDA

    August 11, 2015 8:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- Using social media has reality TV star Kim Kardashian in hot water with the Food and Drug Administration, which says she's violating drug-promotion rules. She recently began promoting a prescription pill that treats morning sickness, touting it on her social media accounts. It's common for celebrities to have... more »
  • FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

    August 4, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are laying out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S. However, Food and Drug Administration officials acknowledge that not all hospitals have the staff, expertise and resources to... more »
  • FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

    July 27, 2015 6:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to... more »
  • FDA takes aim at kid health hazard in e-cig 'juice' Play Video

    July 2, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at adding some safety measures to the liquid nicotine containers used by e-cigarettes. According to the FDA's website hospitals have seen an increase in emergency room cases related to liquid nicotine poisoning. As a result, the agency... more »
  • Obama administration cracking down on trans fats

    June 16, 2015 7:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans fats, calling them a threat to public health. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to phase them out almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite... more »
  • FDA panel backs Amgen cholesterol drug for some patients

    June 10, 2015 5:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers say a highly-anticipated cholesterol-lowering drug from Amgen Inc. should be approved for some patients with dangerously high levels of the artery-clogging substance. The panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 11-4 that Amgen's injectable drug Repatha appears safe and effective for some... more »
  • Blue Bell: Listeria source likely ID'd at Oklahoma plant

    June 10, 2015 3:25 PM

    HOUSTON - Blue Bell Creameries says it has likely identified the source of listeria contamination at its Oklahoma plant, but it may not be able to pinpoint a single source for the problem at its Texas plant. The Texas-based company gave the information the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in... more »
  • FDA panel backs female libido pill with safety conditions

    June 4, 2015 4:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Government health experts are backing an experimental drug intended to boost the female sex drive, but stress that it must carry safety restrictions to manage side effects including fatigue, low blood pressure and fainting. The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 18-6 in favor of approving Sprout Pharmaceutical's... more »
  • New injection promises to melt double chins Play Video

    May 7, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local cosmetic Dr. J. Anthony Stephens visited News 2 at 4 on a Thursday to talk about a new FDA approved treatment that promises to get rid of the double chin. The injection, available under the brand name of Kybella, is used for the reduction of... more »
  • Agents search rural pharmacy

    May 5, 2015 6:41 PM

    GROSSE TETE - Federal agents raided a pharmacy in Iberville Parish Tuesday, but mystery surrounds why they were there. Sources told WBRZ News 2, numerous state agencies assisted in a search warrant for records and computers related to a fraud investigation. The FDA was part of the operation. ... more »
  • FDA approves injection for melting away double-chin fat

    April 29, 2015 4:35 PM

    NEW YORK - The Food and Drug Administration says it approved an injection designed to melt away double-chin fat. The agency Wednesday approved a drug called Kybella for adults with moderate or severe fat below the chin, or submental fat. It's the first approved drug for Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. The drug... more »
  • FDA panel wants heart failure risk on AstraZeneca drugs

    April 14, 2015 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers say labels on AstraZeneca's Onglyza and another related diabetes drug should carry new information about a possible association with heart failure and death. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of diabetes experts voiced concern about data suggesting patients taking Onglyza and Kombiglize are at greater... more »
  • FDA approves new drug for anthrax poisoning

    March 25, 2015 9:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax. The Food and Drug Administration approved Anthrasil for use in combination with older antibiotics to treat inhalation anthrax, which can cause serious injury and death. The condition occurs when... more »
  • FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

    March 20, 2015 10:40 AM

    BOISE, ID - Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes... more »
  • Experimental cholesterol drugs could reduce heart risk

    March 15, 2015 1:45 PM

    SAN DIEGO - New research is boosting hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. Studies presented at a cardiology conference in San Diego today suggest that people taking one of these drugs had... more »
  • FDA: 3 people die from foodborne illness linked to ice cream

    March 13, 2015 4:59 PM

    DALLAS - Officials say three people have died after developing a foodborne illness linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. That prompted the first product recall in the Texas creamery's 108-year history. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says five people in all developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products... more »
  • FDA sets meeting to review endoscope infection problems

    March 12, 2015 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials will meet in May to review problems with the design and cleaning of specialized medical instruments at the center of at least two recent "superbug" outbreaks. The Food and Drug Administration has set a two-day meeting for mid-May to gather expert opinion on improving the... more »
  • FDA issues warning on men's testosterone drugs

    March 3, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is warning about the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of U.S. men, saying the popular treatments have never been proven safe or effective for treating common signs of aging like low libido and fatigue. The agency says drugmakers must clarify that... more »
  • FDA approves new treatment for varicose veins

    February 20, 2015 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new technique for treating varicose veins by sealing them with a clear liquid that turns into a solid adhesive. The VenaSeal system is approved for patients with varicose veins of the legs that cause pain, blood clots or other symptoms.... more »
  • Doctors develop new way to test brain cancer drugs

    January 22, 2015 12:12 PM

    PHOENIX, AZ - One of the nation's most unusual cancer experiments is underway at a Phoenix hospital, aimed at finding new treatments for deadly brain tumors. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute are testing drugs Tso early in... more »
  • FDA approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

    January 14, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is empty or full.... more »
  • US moves toward dropping ban on gay blood donations

    December 23, 2014 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors replacing the blanket ban... more »
  • FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder

    December 23, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • Pregnant women to get better info from drug labels

    December 3, 2014 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - Pregnant and worried about your medication? The Food and Drug Administration is revamping confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which medications may pose risks to the baby. Women take an average of three to five prescription drugs during pregnancy, for everything from asthma... more »
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

    November 25, 2014 2:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday,... more »
  • FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain

    October 29, 2014 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON- Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to prevent a potentially deadly form of bacterial meningitis often associated with college dormitories. The Food and Drug Administration says it cleared Pfizer's Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease in people ages 10 to 25. The bacteria infect the... more »
  • Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use

    October 6, 2014 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - A North Carolina drug maker is providing an experimental antiviral drug to a patient being treated for Ebola in Dallas. That word comes from officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The drug company, Chimerix Inc., said earlier that doctors it did not identify had received permission from the... more »
  • FDA to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers

    September 30, 2014 5:46 PM

    PORTLAND, OR - If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that two companies have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers... more »
  • New FDA label bolsters safety case for Chantix

    September 24, 2014 10:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - New government-approved labeling on Pfizer's drug Chantix suggests that the anti-smoking medication may not carry the risks of suicidal behavior that first earned it the government's strongest warning more than five years ago. The FDA has updated the drug's label to include data from a number of recent... more »
  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    August 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patient DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in a patient's stool sample that can be an early warning sign of... more »
  • Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

    August 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and others at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted products, and that... more »
  • Jindal signs alternative treatment bill into law

    May 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill signed into law on Friday by Bobby Jindal allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or treatments that are still awaiting FDA approval as long as they have physician approval for the interventions. Representative Julie Stokes sponsored the bill and said it gives... more »
  • Gov't puts new age restriction on tanning beds

    May 29, 2014 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18 as the federal government works to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices. The Food and Drug Administration has regulated tanning machines for over... more »
  • Senators warn of carcinogen risk with e-cigarettes

    May 8, 2014 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Eight Senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine new research suggesting that some electronic cigarettes can produce dangerous carcinogens similar to those from traditional cigarettes. The lawmakers want regulators to protect e- cigarette users and those nearby from cancer-causing vapors apparently produced by high-powered... more »
  • Law enforcement agencies oppose medical marijuana Play Video

    April 29, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves... more »
  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes Play Video

    April 24, 2014 6:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular battery-powered devices that... more »
  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    April 23, 2014 6:00 AM

    ANN ARBOR, MI - A few patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder are regaining some vision thanks to a procedure performed at the University of Michigan. The Ann Arbor school's Kellogg Eye Center is the first such facility in the U.S. to implant an artificial... more »
  • FDA: Honey with any added sweeteners isn't honey

    April 8, 2014 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey." The agency said enforcement action is... more »
  • FDA looks to reboot nonprescription drug system

    February 21, 2014 8:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to revamp its 40-year-old system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments. In a federal posting Friday, the agency announced a two-day meeting next month to... more »
  • FDA proposes rules for safe transport of foods

    January 31, 2014 11:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported. The rules announced Friday are part of a sweeping food safety law signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. They would require many larger companies that ship, hold and otherwise transport food... more »
  • FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps could harm you

    December 16, 2013 8:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. The federal ruling on triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients lends new support... more »
  • FDA preventing foodborne illness in animals Play Video

    October 25, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Food and Drug Association is working toward preventing food borne illness in animals, similar to the way it does for people. The plan is to set guidelines for food safety and holding imported foods to the same standard as foods made in the U.S. These... more »
  • FDA OKs implant for enlarged prostate symptoms

    September 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have approved the first permanent implant to treat men's urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. The Food and Drug Administration says it approved the Urolift system to relieve low or blocked urine flow in men age 50 or older. The implant works by... more »
  • FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods

    July 26, 2013 8:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new steps to ensure that fresh produce, cheese and other foods imported into the U.S. are safe. The proposed rules are required by a sweeping food safety law passed by Congress more than 2 years ago. They're meant to establish... more »
  • FDA: tanning beds cause cancer Play Video

    May 6, 2013 9:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who use tanning beds could soon see new warning labels on the popular machines. The Food and Drug Administration wants to warn young people about the dangers associated with ultraviolent radiation from indoor tanning. The agency wants to curb melanoma cases, which is the deadliest... more »
  • FDA wants cancer warnings for tanning beds

    May 6, 2013 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON- Indoor tanning beds would carry new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to additional regulations, under a proposal unveiled by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA wants all tanning beds to issue warnings to people under the age of 18 about the risks of indoor... more »
  • FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter

    April 30, 2013 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline. Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription - and said it... more »
  • FDA cites sanitary issues at specialty pharmacies

    April 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it has uncovered troubling sterility problems at 30 specialty pharmacies that were inspected following a recent outbreak of meningitis caused by contaminated drugs. The agency said its inspectors targeted 31 compounding pharmacies that produce sterile drugs, which must be prepared under highly... more »
  • Patients dealing with MS excited about new drug Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tecfidera is already showing up in medicine cabinets despite the fact it was just approved by the FDA last week. The drug is designed to reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that disrupts the communication between the brain and other parts of the... more »
  • FDA panel backs long-acting Boehringer inhaler

    January 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - A panel of federal health experts is overwhelmingly recommending approval for a long-acting inhaler to treat people suffering from chronic lung disease. The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 15 to one that Boehringer Ingelheim's once-daily inhaler is safe and effective for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition... more »
  • FDA panel wants limits on hydrocodone

    January 25, 2013 7:39 PM

    Health advisors want new restrictions on hyrocodone because of abuses, ranking first or second in the U.S. each year. It is a highly addictive ingredient found in Vicodin and other widely abused prescription drugs. The FDA's panel of drug safety specialists voted to subject hydrocodone drugs to the same restrictions... more »
  • FDA issues sweeping new food safety rules

    January 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue rules are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a... more »

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