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Nation Sep 12FDA calls teen vaping an ‘epidemic,’ weighs bans on flavored e-cigarettes
Since 2017, FDA officials have discussed e-cigarettes as a potential tool to ween adult smokers off cigarettes. But now health officials says teenage use of e-cigarette has reached "epidemic" levels and is calling on the industry to address the problem…
Nation Jul 13FDA warns of fake government warning letters sent to consumers
U.S. health authorities are alerting consumers to a new scam involving fake government warning letters sent to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone.
Health Jun 25U.S. approves marijuana-based drug for seizures
The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication from GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. It's a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law.
Politics May 11WATCH: Trump unveils new plan for reducing drug prices
Trump called his plan the "most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people." But it does not include his campaign pledge to use the massive buying power of the government's Medicare program…
Politics May 01FDA says liquid nicotine products that resemble candy, juice boxes are a danger to children
The Food and Drug Administration issued more than a dozen warnings over the illegal packaging practice, saying it can lead to poisoning if children mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended for use with e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
Health Apr 24FDA warns retailers against illegal sale of e-cigarettes to children
The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a month-long operation against illegal sales of Juul to children. Investigators targeted 7-Eleven locations, Shell gas stations and Cumberland Farms convenience stores as well…
Health Apr 17Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from FDA
The Food and Drug Administration posted its review Tuesday of the experimental medication ahead of a public meeting later this week.
Politics Mar 15FDA begins push to reduce levels of nicotine in cigarettes
Under one scenario, the FDA estimates reducing nicotine could help the U.S. smoking rate could fall as low as 1.4 percent by 2060, down from the 15 percent of adults who smoke now.
Nation Feb 12Opioid makers gave $10 million to advocacy groups that promoted use of their pills, report says
The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives.
Politics Feb 10On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
As a candidate, Trump advocated Medicare negotiations and he called for allowing consumers to import lower-priced medicines from abroad. But the White House strategy paper veers away from such dramatic steps.