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Nation Jul 13FDA adds warning about rare reaction to J&J COVID-19 vaccine
U.S. regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it’s not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.
Politics Jul 09FDA head calls for probe into Alzheimer’s drug review
Dr. Janet Woodcock announced the extraordinary step via Twitter. It's the latest fallout over last month's approval of Aduhelm, an expensive and unproven therapy that the agency OK'd against the advice of its own outside experts.
Health Jul 08FDA trims use of contentious Alzheimer’s drug amid backlash
The Food and Drug Administration has approved new prescribing instructions that are likely to limit use of a controversial new Alzheimer's drug.
Health Jun 10U.S. officials extend expiration dates on Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses
The company said a FDA review concluded the shots remain safe and effective up to 4-1/2 months.
Health Apr 29FDA revives federal effort to ban menthol cigarettes
U.S. health regulators pledged again Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes, this time under pressure from African American groups to remove the mint flavor popular among Black smokers.
Health Apr 22COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among U.S. senior citizens
The falling numbers show the country's vaccination strategy is working, easing pressure on the frayed hospital system. But experts note the country will need to make similar progress among younger people, who are making up a bigger portion of new…
Health Apr 13FDA says patients can get abortion pill via telemedicine
U.S. health officials say patients seeking an abortion pill will not be required to visit a doctor’s office or clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Apr 01U.S. allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests
The Food and Drug Administration decision this week is expected to vastly expand the availability of cheap home tests that many experts have recommended for months.
Health Feb 27J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine
The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death. One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents — protection that remained…
Health Feb 26FDA advisory panel endorses single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson
The FDA is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J's shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S. Shipments of a few million doses could begin as early as Monday.