Tag: Food and Drug Administration

He Tried E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking. Doctors Say Vaping Led to His Death.

OMAHA — In the spring, Kathleen Fimple buried her husband, John, and by the fall, she had reluctantly settled into her new life as a widow. She accepted what the doctors told her: that he had died at 68 from respiratory failure and pulmonary disease after years of smoking cigarettes, coupled with a bout of […]

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E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of F.D.A. Inaction

In 2009, not long after Dr. Margaret Hamburg became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a package arrived at her home. Inside was a clunky device called an e-cigarette. “It was my first exposure to this emerging, new technology,” Dr. Hamburg recalled. The package was sent by an antismoking activist as a warning about […]

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Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.

A new drug, created to treat just one patient, has pushed the bounds of personalized medicine and has raised unexplored regulatory and ethical questions, scientists reported on Wednesday. The drug, described in the New England Journal of Medicine, is believed to be the first “custom” treatment for a genetic disease. It is called milasen, named […]

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Zantac Sales Halted by Walgreens and CVS Over Carcinogen Fears

The pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS have stopped selling the heartburn medicine Zantac and its generic versions after the Food and Drug Administration warned this month that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in samples of the drug. A Walgreens spokesman said in a statement on Monday that the company had pulled […]

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Dank Vapes, TKO and Other THC Vaping Brands Linked to Illnesses, C.D.C. Says

Vaping cartridges containing THC and labeled “Dank Vapes,” as well as some other illicit brands, are linked to the severe lung disease that has recently emerged among people who use vaping devices and e-cigarettes to inhale THC or nicotine, or both, health officials said on Friday. But they also said Dank Vapes appeared to be […]

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Should You Keep Taking Zantac for Your Heartburn?

The heartburn drug Zantac has been on the market for decades, and was considered safe enough to be sold over the counter and regularly given to infants. But last week, the Food and Drug Administration said that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in samples of the drug, which is also known […]

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Vaping Illnesses Increase to 530 Probable Cases

The number of vaping-related lung illnesses has risen to 530 probable cases, and seven deaths are associated with the sickness, according to an update on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the nation’s public health officials said they still were unable to pinpoint the cause, or causes, of the sicknesses that […]

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We Didn’t Stand a Chance Against Opioids

My ancestors had no written language, so they told their stories to the trees. Ten thousand years after the Tlingit people settled Alaska’s southeastern archipelago, these islands remain stippled with monuments to their myths: totem poles, carved from massive logs of cedar and adorned with images of animals and spirits, rise up from the damp […]

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California to Target Counterfeit Vaping Products

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced on Monday that the state will ramp up its efforts to regulate electronic cigarettes — known as e-cigarettes or vapes — with new health-warning standards, a $20 million campaign to raise awareness about the products’ harmful health effects, and increased enforcement of counterfeit flavored products sold on […]

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New York Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes by Emergency Order

Amid a surge of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Sunday that he would pursue emergency regulations this week to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The governor’s action comes days after President Trump announced an effort to ban similar vaping products on a federal level. If […]

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Zantac Has Low Levels of a Cancer-Causing Chemical, the F.D.A. Says

The Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing contaminant in samples of heartburn medicines containing the drug commonly known as Zantac, and that it was advising patients who take over-the-counter versions to consider switching to a different medication. But no recalls have been initiated, and the […]

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Peanut Allergy Drug Will Protect Children, Experts Tell F.D.A.

The first-ever drug regimen to blunt acute peanut allergies in children should be approved, experts told a Food and Drug Administration committee on Friday, because the therapy has the potential to reduce the risk of life-threatening reactions and to improve patients’ lives. The new drug, called Palforzia and made by Aimmune Therapeutics, is an oral […]

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A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales

A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would not only severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products, but also have a chilling effect on the little regulated $2.6 billion industry of roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops that sprung up across the country in the past few years. But a day after Alex M. Azar […]

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Trump Mulls Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Amid Rise in Deadly Lung Disease Linked to Vaping

E-liquids are displayed for sale, with nicotine warning labels, in a vape shop Sept. 6, 2019 in Los Angeles. Photo: Mario Tama (Getty) An alarming rise in a mysterious and sometimes deadly lung disease linked to vaping has the Trump administration gunning for non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes in a bid to at least discourage young people from […]

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Trump Administration Weighs Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials said on Wednesday they would move toward a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious vaping-related illnesses. Sitting in the Oval Office with Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Ned […]

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Is It Time to Quit Vaping?

Public health officials have long been wary of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens. But after an outbreak of serious lung illnesses this summer, those concerns became much more urgent. Last week, federal health officials announced that e-cigarettes — which people can use to vaporize and inhale liquids containing nicotine or T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical […]

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Bloomberg Takes on Vaping After Giving $1 Billion to Fight Tobacco

Michael R. Bloomberg, who has committed nearly $1 billion to aid anti-tobacco efforts, is now stepping into the campaign to combat vaping, announcing a $160 million push to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said that his Bloomberg Philanthropies would aim to ban the flavored e-cigarettes in at least […]

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Who’s Missing From Breast Cancer Trials? Men, Says the F.D.A.

In recent years, health officials have pushed aggressively to include more women in clinical trials of new drugs. Gone is the ban that once excluded women of childbearing age from participating in studies. Even scientists who work with animals are now encouraged to include mice and rats of both sexes. But when it comes to […]

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Juul Violated Federal Rules by Marketing Vaping Products as Safer Than Cigarettes, F.D.A. Says

Juul Labs, the dominant e-cigarette company, violated federal regulations by selling its vaping products as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes without approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency said in a warning letter on Monday. The F.D.A. issued its warning amid a public health crisis over more than 400 cases of […]

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What You Need to Know About Vaping-Related Lung Illness

Hundreds of people across the country have been sickened by a severe lung illness linked to vaping, and a handful have died, according to public health officials. Many were otherwise healthy young people, in their teens or early 20s. Investigators from numerous states are working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and […]

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