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FDA allows emergency use of drug for coronavirus

U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster. It is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19, which has killed more than 230,000 people worldwide. President Donald Trump announced the news at the White House alongside Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen […]

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NASA-developed ventilator authorized by FDA for emergency use

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients today was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization. Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) […]

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FDA approves mavyret for children, adolescents with hep C

(HealthDay)—Mavyret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) tablets are now approved to treat all six genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in children ages 12 to 17 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday. The FDA approved Mavyret to treat HCV in adults in 2017. This new approval marks the first treatment option for all HCV […]

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FDA approves first immunotherapy drug for breast cancer

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to the first immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer. The combination of immunotherapy (Tecentriq) and chemotherapy (Abraxane) was given accelerated approval for triple-negative breast cancer that is locally advanced or has metastasized, cannot be surgically removed, and is programmed death-ligand 1-postive, CNN reported. A study published […]

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FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With Multiple Sclerosis Drug

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 — A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Most patients with these issues developed symptoms within a day […]

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FDA: Safe to Eat Romaine Lettuce Again, but Check Labels

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 — In a statement released late yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the agency was lifting its advisory against eating romaine lettuce, first put in place last Tuesday. At that point, the agency had not been able to narrow down the source of the […]

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The FDA Found Hundreds of Supplement Brands Tainted with Rx Drugs. Most Weren’t Recalled.

Dietary supplements aren’t regulated like pharmaceutical drugs, so that means they shouldn’t contain pharmaceutical drugs.  Yet over the last decade, more than 750 supplement brands have been found to be tainted with drugs — sometimes containing two or more hidden drug ingredients, a new study finds. What’s more, although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

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FDA seizes documents from E-cigarette maker JUUL

(HealthDay)—Thousands of pages of documents were seized from the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) maker JUUL by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during a surprise inspection last week as part of the agency’s investigation into the company’s marketing practices. JUUL controls 73 percent of the e-cigarette market and has come into the FDA’s crosshairs as teen […]