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FDA Bans Unsafe Ingredient Found in Some Sodas
So Long to This Controversial
Soft-Drink Ingredient
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So Long to This Controversial Soft-Drink Ingredient

FDA to enforce ban on brominated vegetable oil beginning in 2025

(Newser) - Say goodbye to BVO. The FDA announced Tuesday that brominated vegetable oil, the controversial ingredient found in some citrus-flavored soft drinks, will no longer be allowed in food or beverages in the US due to safety concerns. Used to keep citrus flavoring from rising to the top of drinks, the...

On Alzheimer's, an Advance 'We've All Been Waiting For'

Eli Lilly's donanemab, sold as Kisunla, gets the FDA green light to help slow disease progression

(Newser) - Last summer, the Food and Drug Administration gave the thumbs-up to Leqembi, the first drug shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Now, almost a year to the day after that move, the government agency has greenlit a second drug: Eli Lilly's donanemab, sold under the brand...

FDA to Bakery: Stop Saying Your Products Have Allergens

Agency says Bimbo has been labeling foods as having allergens that don't actually have them

(Newser) - Federal food safety regulators said Tuesday that they've warned a top US bakery to stop using labels that say its products contain potentially dangerous allergens when they don't. Food and Drug Administration inspectors found that Bimbo Bakeries USA—which includes brands such as Sara Lee, Thomas', Entenmann's,...

Critics Slam FDA, 'Predatory Industry' on Menthol E-Cigs

Parent, anti-smoking groups say first product of its kind will continue to encourage teen vaping

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, acknowledging that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes from NJOY, the vaping brand recently acquired by tobacco giant Altria, which also sells...

FDA Says Microdosing Candy Bars Are Making People Sick
FDA Says Microdosing Candy
Bars Are Making People Sick

FDA Says Microdosing Candy Bars Are Making People Sick

6 people have been hospitalized so far

(Newser) - According to the FDA, a brand of microdosing chocolate bars sent some consumers on a very unwanted trip, and now the agency is warning others not to eat the bars. Eight people so far have reported getting sick after eating one of the bars from Diamond Shruumz, and six of...

FDA Warns of Poisoning From Shellfish in 2 States
FDA Issues Shellfish Warning

FDA Issues Shellfish Warning

Toxins have sickened at least 31 people in Oregon alone

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration says consumers should avoid eating shellfish from Oregon and Washington state, as they may be contaminated with toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. At least 31 people have been sickened in Oregon so far, according to state health officials. Here's the situation, per the...

Expert Panel Recommends FDA Approve Alzheimer's Drug

Advisers vote unanimously to back donanemab despite risks

(Newser) - A closely watched Alzheimer's drug from Eli Lilly won the backing of federal health advisers on Monday, setting the stage for the treatment's expected approval for people with mild dementia caused by the brain-robbing disease. Food and Drug Administration advisers voted unanimously that the drug's ability to...

FDA Panel Rejects MDMA Treatment
FDA Panel Rejects
MDMA Treatment
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FDA Panel Rejects MDMA Treatment

It was the first time FDA advisers considered a Schedule I psychedelic drug for medical use

(Newser) - Advocates have long pushed for the psychedelic drug known as MDMA, ecstasy, or molly to be approved as a prescription drug for those with post-traumatic stress disorder , but the movement suffered a big setback Tuesday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted—"overwhelmingly," CNN reports—against recommending...

Neuralink Is Going to Give Implant a Second Shot

FDA approves fix to issue of neural threads dislodging

(Newser) - The FDA has approved Neuralink's plan to put its brain implant in a second human patient—with adjustments for issues that arose with the first . Some 85% of the implant's electrode-containing threads became dislodged from Noland Arbaugh's motor cortex, severely limiting the data that could be gained...

There's a New, Less-Invasive Way to Test for HPV

FDA approves self-testing kits to expand access to screening

(Newser) - The FDA is making it a whole lot easier to test for human papillomavirus, which can cause six types of cancer and accounts for more than 95% of cervical cancers. HPV is typically detected through cell samples collected from a woman's cervix during a Pap smear. But in a...

Nut Products Recalled Over E. Coli, Listeria Risk

Walnuts linked to E. coli outbreak, Planters products linked to listeria risk

(Newser) - At least a dozen people in California and Washington have been sickened with E. coli food poisoning linked to organic walnuts sold in bulk in 19 states, US health officials said Tuesday. The nuts were sold in natural food and co-op stores such as Whole Foods and Market of Choice,...

Biden Administration Stalls FDA Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

White House officials have been meeting with opponents of the rule ahead of the election

(Newser) - For the second time in recent months, President Biden's administration has delayed a sweeping plan to ban menthol cigarettes, a decision that is certain to infuriate anti-smoking advocates but could avoid angering Black voters ahead of November elections. In a statement Friday, Biden's top health official gave no...

It's 'a Difficult Moment for the ALS Community'

Relyvrio being pulled from the market after it was found to be ineffectual for Lou Gehrig's disease

(Newser) - The maker of a drug for Lou Gehrig's disease that recently failed in a large study said Thursday it will pull the medicine from the market, per the AP . Amylyx Pharmaceuticals announced it will voluntarily halt sales and marketing of Relyvrio in the US and Canada, where new patients...

FDA: LSD Is Now a Breakthrough Therapy

Mind Medicine's anxiety-treating MM120 granted designation ahead of Phase 3 trials

(Newser) - The FDA has bestowed breakthrough therapy status on an LSD formulation found to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression with a single dose. Mind Medicine's MM120 (lysergide d-tartrate) is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. Twelve weeks after receiving a dose in a Phase 2 trial, 48% of patients...

FDA Delays Approval of Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's Drug
FDA Stalls on New
Alzheimer's Drug

FDA Stalls on New Alzheimer's Drug

'We were not expecting this,' says Eli Lilly president

(Newser) - Eli Lilly's experimental Alzheimer's drug is facing yet another delay on the path toward FDA approval. The company's donanemab medication was first expected to be cleared last year and later by the end of this month. However, the drugmaker announced Friday that approval isn't expected until...

Lab Wants Recall of Common Acne Meds

They may contain elevated levels of a cancer-causing chemical

(Newser) - An independent lab is calling on the FDA to suspend sales of benzoyl peroxide after finding the acne medication degraded into a cancer-causing chemical in products from popular brands like ProActiv and Clearasil. Valisure analyzed 99 acne treatment products containing benzoyl peroxide (BPO). Before heating, the carcinogen benzene was detected...

First Drug for Severe Food Allergies Is Approved

FDA says Xolair can help people with allergies to milk, eggs, nuts, other sources

(Newser) - A medication used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions, says the FDA. Xolair, the brand name for the drug omalizumab, became the first medication approved to reduce allergic reactions caused by accidental exposure to food triggers, per the AP . Patients...

FDA Has a Suspect in Contamination of Applesauce

Though it's not clear what, if anything, US can do to hold him accountable

(Newser) - Authorities have named a suspect in the tainted applesauce pouches that have left more than 400 American children sickened with lead poisoning, but it's not clear what, if anything, can be done to hold anyone accountable. Carlos Aguilera, a cinnamon grinder in Ecuador, is suspected to be responsible, according...

Controversial FDA Decision a Milestone on Drug Prices
Controversial FDA Decision
a Milestone on Drug Prices
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Controversial FDA Decision a Milestone on Drug Prices

Agency will let Florida be the first state to import drugs in bulk from Canada

(Newser) - Americans are known to head across the border into Canada to buy their prescription drugs at cheaper costs. Now, for the first time, a state government has received approval to do the same thing on a much larger scale. In a decision described as historic, the Food and Drug Administration...

America Is Fond of CBD, but We Don't Know Much About It

'We don't have a lot of good data on what effects any of these things have, either harmful or beneficial'

(Newser) - CBD use increased 50% in the past four years, according to a new survey published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association . About 1 in 5 survey respondents said they used CBD in the past year, reports the AP . People who use cannabis are more likely to report...

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