Articles by Anna Edney

Vaping Lung Illness May Be Linked to Cannabis Product, Say Health Officials

Severe, mysterious lung illnesses that have struck more than 200 people around the country may be tied to an ingredient in cannabis-containing vapor products, said the New York State Department of Health. New York and other states, as well as …

Health Officials Report First Death They Believe Is Linked to Vaping

An Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness that health officials believe is linked with vaping, the state’s Department of Public Health said Friday. The death is the first recorded from a mystery illness that …

Trump Administration Halts Plan to Sideline Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The White House abandoned a push to end rebates paid to middlemen who negotiate drug prices on behalf of health insurers, a move that could turn scrutiny back on how drugmakers themselves set prices. President Donald Trump has made lowering …

Drug Makers’ Supply Chain Probed as Blood Pressure Pill Tests Positive for Carcinogens

An online pharmacy told U.S. regulators it found another cancer-causing chemical in widely prescribed blood-pressure pills, raising new questions about a complex global web of companies that produces medicine for millions of people. A solvent called dimethylformamide was discovered in …

Lawyers Expect Wave of Litigation Targeting Popular Heart Drugs

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against drug makers and sellers over widely prescribed generic heart medications tainted with potential carcinogens, the first claims in what some lawyers expect to be a wave of litigation. Millions of Americans have taken …

Senators Seek Probe of Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Pricing Practice

Two U.S. senators have asked the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department to investigate a practice by pharmacy-benefit managers known as spread pricing, as part of a wider inquiry by lawmakers into U.S. drug costs. Ron Wyden …

FDA Probing Reports of Seizures by Users of E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration said that it is investigating a small number of reports over several years of e-cigarette users experiencing seizures. The potential link was seen mostly in young vapers, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Principal Deputy Commissioner …

FDA Vows Tougher Testing as More Manufacturers Outsource

U.S. regulators plan to revamp rules governing how medicines are manufactured, in an effort to ensure the safety of the nation’s drug supply as recalls of contaminated imports from developing countries widen. “We’ve seen a lot of instances of adulterated …

Trump Plan to Curb Drug Prices Targets Rebates to Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The Trump administration proposed ending a complex system of drug rebates that influence tens of billions of dollars in U.S. pharmaceutical spending, a move that could upend the relationship between drugmakers and pharmacy benefits middlemen. The proposal, a long-awaited part …

FDA Targets E-Cigarette Makers in Push to Curb Epidemic of Youth Vaping

The U.S. government signaled that it is prepared to adopt a tougher stance on electronic cigarettes in order to stem an epidemic of use by teens and children, after taking a more cautious approach last year. The Food and Drug …