Food and Drug Administration News

FDA Medical Panel Opposes Restrictions on Breast Implants at This Time

Government medical advisers said this week it’s too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem. The Food and Drug …

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 …

U.S. Agencies Split Over Cell Phone Cancer Risk

Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cell phone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there’s no reason for people to worry. No new research was issued but last …

38 Sickened in 7 States From Tainted Eggs from Alabama

The government says 38 people in seven states have gotten sick from eggs produced by an Alabama poultry farm. The Food and Drug Administration says the illnesses are linked to salmonella-tainted eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms, which is north of …

Vermont Sues Opioid Drugmaker Over Marketing Practices

Vermont on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against drugmaker Purdue over what it called deceptive marketing of OxyContin and other prescription opioid painkillers that the attorney general says helped lead to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country. The …

Kentucky Food Facility Suspended by FDA After E. Coli Outbreak Link

The Food and Drug Administration has suspended a Kentucky facility after it was linked to an E. coli outbreak involving a peanut butter substitute. The Kentucky Enquirer reports the FDA suspended the facility March 28 because items produced at the …

Texas Grocery Chain Recalls Raw Shelled Pistachios

The H-E-B grocery store chain has recalled some bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios. San Antonio-based H-E-B said this week there’s a potential that the pistachios could be contaminated with salmonella. There are no reports of anyone getting sick. The …

U.S. Targets Internet Sites Selling Illegal Prescription Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, said that it took action last week against 4,402 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. This effort was part …

FDA Told to Speed Up Food Recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is too slow to order companies to recall tainted foods, leaving people at risk of illness and death, a government watchdog said in a review of the agency’s food safety program. The Department of …

Report Cites Failure to Prevent Unsafe Medical Devices That Spread Superbugs

America’s system for ensuring that medical devices are safe failed at every turn when dirty endoscopes began spreading deadly superbugs, according to a Senate investigation released today. The report, from Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, blames device manufacturers, hospitals, …