U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

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 …

Kentucky Accuses Endo of Contributing to Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky accused units of Endo International Plc on Monday of contributing to drug overdoses and an opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its painkiller Opana ER, the latest lawsuit by state or local governments against the drugmaker. Kentucky Attorney General Andy …

Chuck Norris Suing in California over MRI Chemical He Says Poisoned Wife

Action star Chuck Norris took on medical device manufacturers in a lawsuit filed in California alleging a chemical used in MRI imaging scans poisoned his wife. Gadolinium that doctors injected into Gena Norris to improve the clarity of her MRIs …

3 Tennessee Prosecutors Join Forces in Suit Against Opioid Drug Makers

A new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three Tennessee prosecutors and the baby’s guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing about the risks of addiction to painkillers. …

Alabama ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor Gets 21 Years in Prison

An Alabama doctor was sentenced on Friday to 21 years in prison for running two clinics with a colleague that prosecutors called a massive “pill mill,” in a case tied to the U.S. probe of Insys Therapeutics Inc. Xiulu Ruan, …

New York County Sues Purdue, J&J Over Opioid Marketing

A county in New York state has sued Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers, accusing them of engaging in fraudulent marketing that played down the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, leading to a drug epidemic. The lawsuit, …

Alabama Seafood Company to Halt Fish Processing Due to Unsanitary Conditions

Federal court officials say an Alabama seafood company has agreed to stop processing fish after complaints were raised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. U.S. District Court officials said in a statement July 7 that the permanent injunction is …

FDA Extends Required Warnings to Short-Acting Opioid Painkillers

Short-acting opioid painkillers will carry strong new warnings under U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements announced on Tuesday that will bring information about addiction and abuse in line with that on long-acting pills. The FDA’s action comes a week after …