U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

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 …

New ‘Superbug’ Linked to Scope Found at California Hospital

A Los Angeles-area hospital said that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country. Huntington Memorial Hospital said in a statement Wednesday …

California Company Among Those to Recall Frozen Spinach

Three organic food companies that use spinach in their food have recalled hundreds of thousands of items over listeria concerns. Organic food company Amy’s Kitchen, in Petaluma, Calif., has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing …

California “Superbug” Outbreak Prompts FDA Alert on Device

The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a “superbug” outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday. The hospital system said seven patients were …

ACE Westchester Extends Its Product Recall Insurance to Small Businesses

ACE Westchester has launched ACE Recall Plus for Small Business, a product that offers product recall coverage and crisis management services to the small business market segment. The move follows an increase in the frequency and cost of product recalls …

New Food Safety Rules Delayed to Weigh Farmers’ Concerns: FDA

Food safety rules the U.S. planned to implement this year are being delayed by months because the requirements were too complex for some farmers, regulators said. Two core rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 that were proposed …