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 •  September 29

NEW YORK – Makers of fast-acting opioids will have to fund voluntary training for healthcare professionals who prescribe the drugs, including education on safe prescribing practices and non-opioid alternatives, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday. The FDA sent letters to 74 manufacturers of immediate-release opioids,...

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 •  September 11

The last time there was a new drug to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the shows “ER” and “Seinfeld” were battling it out for the top spot on television. That 22-year medical drought ended about three weeks ago. In August, the drug Radicava became available in the United States to treat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Radicava was...

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 •  August 29

The active ingredient in the drug ecstasy passed an important hurdle on the path to becoming a prescription drug for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. The ingredient, MDMA, was granted "Breakthrough Therapy Designation" status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a statement released Aug. 26 by the Multidisciplinary...

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 •  June 29

An experimental drug reduces eye damage in people with a common form of vision loss for which there is currently no available treatment, a new study finds. The new research sought to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) , the leading cause of vision loss in industrialized countries, according to the World Health Organization. The disease...

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 •  June 21

The United States is in the middle of an opioid crisis, so it's easy to assume that all opioids can be equally detrimental to people's health. But now, the Food and Drug Administration says one in particular is especially contributing to the opioid epidemic. The FDA has asked Irish pharmaceutical company Endo International to take one of its pain...

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 •  May 7

The agency said it approved the drug Radicava, or edaravone, the first new drug approved to treat ALS in 22 years. The only other drug used specifically to treat ALS is riluole, which was approved in 1995. “After learning about the use of edaravone to treat ALS in Japan, we rapidly engaged with the drug developer about filing a marketing...

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 •  May 2

Though it may not help their family, the VanHoutans are celebrating the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of the first treatment for Batten disease, a rare, terminal genetic disorder that primarily affects children. The agency’s decision on Brineura, which is manufactured by Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc, came on Thursday and will...

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 •  April 27

In an effort to clamp down on a disturbing trend targeting cancer patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent warning letters to 14 companies ordering them to stop peddling fraudulent cure-all remedies — or else face possible criminal prosecution. The letters, detailed Tuesday on the agency’s website, addressed more than 65...

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 •  April 20

Restaurateurs are calling on Congress to postpone a new calorie-labeling regulation set to go into effect May 5. The ruling, which was signed into law seven years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act, is seen as an attempt to tackle the country’s growing obesity epidemic. It will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to clearly...

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 •  April 19

A dance with the devil. That’s how 33-year-old Elizabeth Mooney describes her struggle with drug addiction, recalling the “little voice” that repeatedly overpowered her mind after she had been in recovery, once for as long as three years. She knows the consequences of using again, yet she’s relapsed five times. The desire became “stronger and...