If you were dying and had exhausted all conventional treatment options, wouldn’t you want immediate access to a drug that might prove to be a miracle cure? That’s the promise of proposed legislation that could make Missouri the third state in the country to enact a so-called “Right to Try” law, which aims to get investigational drugs into the hands of terminally ill patients as quickly as possible. Continue reading
Terminally ill patients often are frustrated to hear about experimental drugs they think might help them, but have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration — a process that often takes years.
Vermont recently became the first state to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Bills and ballot initiatives are pending in many more. What about the rest of the country? And does labeling matter? Continue reading
Citing efforts “to make the next generation tobacco-free,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Thursday for e-cigarettes that would regulate the devices in a manner similar to traditional cigarettes. The new rule would require manufacturers of e-cigarettes … Continue reading
Organic food sales totaled some $30 billion in the U.S. last year and suppliers can barely keep up with demand. Earlier this week, the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, announced that it would slash prices of some of its organic products by 25 percent. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Phil Wahba who covers the retail industry for reuters about the effects this change will have on consumers, retailers and foodmakers. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an overdose antidote that doctors could prescribe for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or medicine cabinet. Called Evzio, it’s a device that automatically injects the right dose of the drug naloxone, a long-used antidote for opioid overdoses.
Scientists point to the amount of antibiotics in livestock as one of the causes of the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases. On Wednesday a number of pharmaceutical companies agreed to abide by a government proposal to stop labeling drugs important for treating human infections as acceptable antibiotics to spur farm animal growth. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR correspondent Dan Charles. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration says 25 pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat. Continue reading
U.S. sunblocks are over a decade out of date and the advocates are pushing the FDA to approve new UV-ray blocking ingredients. Continue reading
When the Nutrition Facts label was introduced 20 years ago, fat was the primary concern of the American diet. But as our eating and drinking habits — and knowledge — have shifted, the Food and Drug Administration is making significant changes to these labels. To sort through the details and reasoning for the update Jeffrey Brown talks to former CDC official Dr. William Dietz. Continue reading