Health Jun 27

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Why the race for a COVID-19 vaccine is complicated

Pharmaceutical companies and governments around the world are chasing a coronavirus vaccine, fast tracking the usually years-long vaccine development procedure to a few months. ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the ambitious timeline and the unpredictability of…

Health May 29

The outside of the Food and Drug Administration headquarters is seen in White Oak, Md., on Monday, November 9, 2015. The FDA is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and has been in commission since 1906. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call
FDA finds contamination in several brands of diabetes drug

Several batches of the drug metformin tested positive for a chemical that likely contributes to cancer. The announcement late Thursday follows dozens of heartburn drug recalls in the last year linked to the same contaminant.

Health May 28

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is shown in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 4, 2009. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters
Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

Requiring patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill is needlessly risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of physicians allege in a lawsuit that seeks to suspend the federal rule.

Health May 09

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is shown in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 4, 2009. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters
US approves new coronavirus antigen test with fast results

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday announced emergency authorization for antigen tests developed by Quidel Corp. of San Diego. The test can rapidly detect fragments of virus proteins in samples collected from swabs swiped inside the nasal cavity, the…

Apr 24

FDA warns of heart risks with Trump-promoted malaria drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against prescribing a malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus outside of hospitals or research settings.

Mar 21

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s breathless takes on drugs for virus

“Could be a game changer.” “Very exciting.” “The way they acted with this kind of speed is an incredible thing.” “Very powerful.” “This could be a tremendous breakthrough. Tremendous breakthrough.” “We’re going to be able to make that drug available…

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