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 •  January 31

Soon enough, U.S. grocery stores and pharmacies may carry a lot less of a popular over-the-counter anti-diarrhea drug. That’s the latest recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is escalating its efforts to reduce the carnage of the opioid crisis. On Tuesday, the FDA announced it would take steps to limit the public’s...

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 •  January 25

Whenever tragedy rears its head, it’s an inescapable fact that grifters will come around looking for their next victims. The opioid crisis is sadly no exception, and companies marketing so-called natural addiction cures have sprouted up to take advantage of struggling people. Now the federal government—as part of its professed, if inconsistent,...

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 •  January 4

In 2011, President Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, granting the Food and Drug Administration more power to regulate food safety and the ability to issue mandatory recalls of potentially contaminated and dangerous foods. But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, released Wednesday, has found the...

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 •  December 18, 2017

Since taking office in May 2017, Food and Drug Administration head Scott Gottlieb has set about working to make drug approval a less “slow and burdensome” process. In one case, though, the drug approval process might have moved a little too quickly, according to the independent watchdog group the Project on Government Oversight. A letter obtained...

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 •  November 22, 2017

The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don’t do this at home, a statement released on Tuesday implies. And if you do, we’ll throw every law we can at you. The FDA’s deterrent comes on the heels of a brazen DIY gene therapy...

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 •  November 16, 2017

The first gene therapy took place so long ago that, at the time, Milli Vanilli lip syncing was a headline-grabbing scandal. But with the advent of modern gene editing technologies, the field has truly begun to really realize its full potential. In August, the Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment that genetically modifies a patient’s...

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 •  November 7, 2017

In the past, the US Food and Drug Administration has closely scrutinized consumer DNA tests that claim to inform customers whether or not they’re are at risk for a certain health condition, and with good reason: An incorrect interpretation could lead to serious health consequences and stress. But a statement on Monday from FDA Commissioner Scott...

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 •  October 19, 2017

On Wednesday—for only the second time—the Food and Drug Administration approved a cutting-edge therapy that genetically modifies a patient’s blood cells in order to attack cancer. This time the therapy, known as CAR T-cell therapy, is designed to treat aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In August, the FDA approved the first CAR T-cell therapy, for a...

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 •  October 10, 2017

On Tuesday, a US Food and Drug Administration review committee published a document signaling that a historic moment in medicine may be on the horizon. The committee found that an experimental gene therapy for a rare inherited form of blindness improves vision, at least in the short term. If approved, the technique would be the first gene therapy...

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 •  October 4, 2017

Love is infamously hard to define. But according to the man, it is absolutely not an ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration has come down on West Concord, Massachusetts-based Nashoba Brook Bakery, warning it to remove “Love” from the ingredients list on Nashoba Granola, Bloomberg reported. In a letter to the bakery, the FDA wrote that it had...