U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

FDA Says Faulty Philips Device Reports Accelerating as CEO Departs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said reports of faulty Philips ventilators and sleep apnea machines had risen in the past quarter, underlining problems facing the Dutch company, which has just announced plans to replace its CEO. Philips says …

Philips Breathing Ventilator Recall Rated as Most Serious

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday classified the recent recall of some of Philips’ ventilators as Class 1, or the most serious type of recall, saying the use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. This …

Tennessee Appeals Court Says Opioid Producers Can Be Sued

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against opioid makers can move forward, overturning a lower court that had dismissed the claims. At issue is whether Tennessee’s Drug Dealer Liability Act applies to U.S. Food and Drug …

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Stalls in State Senate

A South Carolina senator says a bill aiming to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana will not move forward until lawmakers address concerns of stakeholders. Members of the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee met Wednesday to discuss proposed legislation which would …

New York Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

New York state on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids, and contributing to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands. The state blamed Purdue for running what …

Mississippi Woman Sues Pepperidge Farm Over Contaminated Goldfish Crackers

A Mississippi woman is making a federal case out of a life-threatening bout with salmonella that she blames on Goldfish crackers. The Clarion Ledger reported Friday that 26-year-old Bailey Finch is accusing Pepperidge Farm and one of its manufacturers of …

Jury Awards $383M in Wrongful Death Suits Against Colorado Dialysis Provider

A federal jury in Denver, Colo. awarded $383.5 million to the families of three patients who died of cardiac arrest after treatments at clinics run by dialysis provider DaVita Inc. Attorneys for the families said the Denver-based company treated the …

Opioid Makers Endure Setback as Judge Lets New York Lawsuit Proceed

Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson and other opioid makers faced one of the first extensive reviews of their legal defenses to claims they violated consumer-protection laws and created a public nuisance with the sale of the pain killers. They …

Massachusetts Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma, Executives

Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids, and became the first state to sue the drugmaker’s executives and directors to hold them responsible as well. The …

FDA Says 12 Deaths Now Linked to Balloon Treatment for Obesity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday notified healthcare providers that it had received reports of five more deaths in patients using liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems to treat obesity, bringing the total death toll to 12 since 2016. The …