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More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummies

The number of people severely sickened after consuming mushroom edibles sold as Diamond Shruumz-brand Chocolate Bars, Cones or Gummies has risen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

As of Monday, "a total of 12 illnesses have been reported from eight states," the FDA noted in an

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  • June 12, 2024
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  • Biden Administration Pushes for Rule Wiping Medical Debt From Credit Reports

    In an effort to keep medical debt from destroying credit scores, the Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is moving ahead with a proposal that would remove health care bills from consideration in credit checks.

    Along with making it easier for folks to rent an apartment, get a mortgage or buy a car, the proposed rule would prevent lenders from repossessing medical devices like wh...

    FDA, DOJ Form Task Force to Fight Illegal Vapes

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it has joined up with the Department of Justice and several other federal agencies to do more to stop the sale of illegal e-cigarettes in this country.

    In launching the newly created task force, the FDA aims "to coordinate and streamline efforts to bring all available criminal and civil tools to bear against the illegal distribut...

    FDA Rescinds Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

    A ban on Juul e-cigarettes has been reversed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.

    Why? The agency said it needs to review both new court decisions and updated data from the vape maker. While the company's e-cigarettes are back under review, they have not been fully cleared for sale in this country, the FDA said in its 

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  • June 7, 2024
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  • More Than Half of Cats on Farm Where Bird Flu Infected Cows Died After Drinking Milk

    In yet another sign that bird flu is spreading widely among mammals, a new report finds more than half of cats at the first Texas dairy farm to have cows test positive for bird flu this spring died after drinking raw milk.

    Published Tuesday in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, the report details the earl...

    FDA Says First Round of Tests Show No Live Virus in Pasteurized Milk

    Live bird flu virus has not been found in any of the first batch of retail milk samples tested, federal health officials said Friday.

    Amid an ongoing outbreak of bird flu in U.S. dairy cows, the early findings should reassure the public that the milk sold in stores remains safe, officials added.

    In the

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  • April 29, 2024
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  • Biden Administration Delays Menthol Cigarette Ban

    A long-awaited ban on menthol cigarettes has been delayed indefinitely, the Biden administration said Friday.

    “This rule has garnered historic attention, and the public comment period has yielded an immense amount of feedback, including from various elements of the civil rights and criminal justice movement,” U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary

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  • April 29, 2024
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  • Fragments of Bird Flu Virus Found in 1 in 5 Milk Samples

    Bits of bird flu virus have been discovered in roughly 20% of retail milk samples tested in a national survey, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    The finding suggests that bird flu has spread far more widely among dairy cows than officials first thou...

    Fragments of Bird Flu Virus Found in U.S. Milk Supply

    Bits of inactive bird flu virus have been discovered in samples of pasteurized milk from across the United States, health officials said Tuesday, although they stressed the viral fragments don't threaten humans.

    However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did note that testing suggests that bird flu has likely infected far more dairy cows than officials realized.

    Still, “to dat...

    FDA Recalls Heart Failure Devices Linked to Injuries and Deaths

    Two implanted heart devices used by patients in end-stage heart failure are now under a strict U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall, after being tied to 273 known injuries and 14 deaths, the agency said Tuesday.

    The HeartMate II and HeartMate 3 are manufactured by Thoratec Corp., a subsidiary of...

    Company Behind Defective CPAP Machines Must Make Changes Before U.S. Production Resumes

    Phillips Respironics, the company responsible for the recall of millions of defective sleep apnea machines since 2021, must overhaul its production of the machines before it can resume making them in the United States, federal officials announced Tuesday.

    Under a settlement reached with the company, Phillips must revamp its manufacturing and quality control systems and hire independent ex...

    Many Cancer Drugs Still Unproven 5 Years After Accelerated Approval

    New research questions the effectiveness of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's accelerated drug approval program after finding that many cancer drugs remain unproven five years later.

    The study, published Sunday in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented simultaneously at the Americ...

    Was the FDA Too Quick Approving Test for Opioid Addiction Risk?

    A test to gauge if it's safe to prescribe a patient an addictive opioid may have been approved too soon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, claims a letter sent to the agency by a group of experts.

    The test, called AvertD, is meant to screen for genetic markers suggesting that a person has a higher likelihood of developing an opioid use disorder (OUD). If the test result is positive...

    Maker Is Pulling Controversial ALS Drug Relyvrio Off the Market

    THURSDAY, April 4, 2024 (HealthDayNews) -- Following disappointing trial results, the maker of a controversial ALS drug said it is pulling the medication off the market.

    In a

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  • April 4, 2024
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  • Anti-smoking Groups Sue FDA Again Over Menthol Ban Delays

    Three anti-smoking groups announced Tuesday that they have sued the U.S. government yet again after it missed its latest deadline for enacting a ban on menthol cigarettes.

    This is the second lawsuit that the plaintiffs -- the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, Action on Smoking and Health...

    Abiomed Heart Pumps Linked to 49 Deaths

    A new warning is being issued over a heart pump whose use could perforate the heart.

    The device has already been linked to over 100 injuries and 49 deaths.

    These left-sided Impella heart pumps are made by Abiomed, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson MedTech. Abiomed posted the new

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  • April 1, 2024
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  • High-Strength Lidocaine Skin Creams Can Cause Seizures, Heart Trouble, FDA Warns

    Some pain-relieving skin products contain potentially harmful doses of the numbing agent lidocaine and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    These creams, gels, sprays and soaps are marketed for topical use to relieve the pain of cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, tattooing and

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  • March 29, 2024
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  • FDA May Ban Electroshock Devices Used on Some Psychiatric Patients

    Federal regulators are taking a second stab at banning the controversial use of electroshock devices to manage the behavior of patients with intellectual and developmental disorders.

    The devices deliver electric shocks to a patient's skin, in an attempt to stop them from harming themselves or lashing out physically at others, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in its Monday ...

    FDA Approves First Drug for Common, Serious Liver Disease

    Millions of Americans whose livers develop scar tissue due to a common disease now have the first approved drug, Rezdiffra, to treat the condition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.

    The condition is called non-cirrhotic non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH with liver scarring is thought to affect up to 8 million Americans. It's often tied to high blood pressu...

    Poor Trial Results May Prompt Maker to Pull ALS Drug From Market

    Following disappointing trial results, the maker of a controversial ALS drug may pull the medication off the market.

    In a statement issued Friday, Amylyx Pharmaceuticals said that Relyvrio failed to help patients in a large follow-up study, but th...

    FDA Delays Decision on New Alzheimer's Drug

    Instead of approving the new Alzheimer's drug donanemab this month, as was expected, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now require the experimental medication be scrutinized more closely by an expert panel, the drug's maker said Friday.

    “The FDA has informed Lilly it wants to further understand topics related to evaluating the safety and efficacy of donanemab, including the saf...

    Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata: What Are the 'Z Meds' for Sleep?

    Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata: Millions of bleary-eyed Americans turn to this class of so-called "Z-drugs" to get restful sleep.

    But how do these drugs work, and do they come with risks?

    Experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued an

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  • March 8, 2024
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  • FDA Warns of Toxic Lead in Cinnamon Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a health advisory Wednesday warning consumers that six brands of ground cinnamon are tainted with lead.

    The FDA urged folks to throw away and not buy the following brands of ground cinnamon...

    Eye Ointments Sold at Walmart, CVS Recalled Due to Infection Risk

    Eye ointment products made in India and sold in the United States at Walmart, CVS and other retailers are being recalled due to a danger of infection.

    Brassica Pharma Pvt. Ltd., of Maharastra, India, said it is recalling various eye lubricant products labeled Equate, CVS Health and AACE. Recalled products will have expiration dates ranging from February 2024 to September 2025.


    Don't Use Smartwatches That Claim to Measure Blood Sugar, FDA Warns

    Some Americans living with diabetes are using smartwatches and smart rings that claim to be able to track their blood sugar.

    However, such claims from any device that does not pierce the skin are fraudulent and potentially dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in an

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  • February 22, 2024
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  • Novo Nordisk Settles Lawsuits Over Copycat Versions of Ozempic, Wegovy

    Novo Nordisk has settled lawsuits against two Florida businesses that claimed to sell copycat versions of its popular weight-loss drugs Ozempic and Wegovy.

    The Danish drugmaker announced the settlements Friday, according to NBC News

    The move capped a legal battle that began in late November when the company filed 12 lawsuits against clinics, medical spas and compound...

    Cinnamon Processor in Ecuador Is Culprit Behind Lead-Tainted Applesauce, FDA Says

    A company in Ecuador that processed the cinnamon used in flavored applesauce pouches destined for the American market is the likely source of lead contamination in those products, U.S. investigators said.

    In an update to its investigatio...

    FDA Panel Tackles Faulty Pulse Oximeter Readings That Come With Darker Skin

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday addressed a continuing issue with pulse oximeters -- that they give less accurate readings for folks with darker skin.

    The devices are designed to measure oxygen levels in the blood, so correct readings are critical, experts say.

    During its daylong

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  • February 5, 2024
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  • FDA Warns of Dangerous Counterfeit Eyedrops

    Certain copycat eyedrops may be contaminated and could give users an antibiotic-resistant eye infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

    The packaging for South Moon, Rebright and FivFivGo eyedrops mirrors the packaging for Bausch & Lomb's Lumify eyedrops, an over-the-counter product approved for red eye relief.

    However, samples of the knockoff South Moon...

    ADHD Drug Zenzedi Recalled Over Pill Mixup

    The maker of a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy has recalled one lot of the medication after a pill mixup was discovered.

    The recall notice, issued by Azurity Pharmaceuticals Inc., states that one lot of Z...

    Phillips Suspends U.S. Sales of CPAP, Ventilator Machines After Recall

    Following a recall of millions of its breathing machines that began in mid-2021, Phillips Respironics announced Monday that it would halt sales of all such machines within the United States.

    The machines include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices used by people with sleep apnea, as well as ventilators used by other patients.


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  • January 29, 2024
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  • Robitussin Honey Cough Syrup Recalled Due to Fungal Threat

    The maker of Robitussin has recalled eight lots of Robitussin Honey CF Max Day Adult and Robitussin Honey CF Max Nighttime Adult cough syrups.

    The products, which are made by Haleon, may be contaminated with a microbe, and "in immunocompromised individuals, the use of the affected product could potentially result in severe or life-threatening adverse events such as fungemia or disseminate...

    FDA Warns of Rare Secondary Cancer Risk With CAR-T Therapies

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2024 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told drugmakers to add a boxed warning to a type of cancer treatment called CAR-T therapy, saying the treatment itself may sometimes cause a secondary cancer.

    Still, FDA spokesperson Carly Kempler told NBC News

    FDA Clears Sickle Cell Drug to Treat Another Blood Disorder

    Casgevy, a groundbreaking treatment that was approved to treat sickle cell disease in December, was given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's blessing on Tuesday to treat another inherited blood disorder.

    Casgevy is the first CRISPR-based medicine, where gene editing is used to develop the treatment, to be approved for use in the United States.

    The one-time dose permanently chan...

    FDA Review Supports Reclassifying Marijuana as Less Risky Drug

    Scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conclude in newly released documents that marijuana has less potential for abuse than other drugs with the same restrictions and it should be reclassified as a less dangerous drug.

    Not only that, the review found there is some evidence backing its use as a medical treatment.

    Right now, cannabis is classified as a

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  • January 15, 2024
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  • FDA Finds No Link to Suicide With Drugs Like Wegovy, Ozempic

    Drugs like Wegovy and Ozempic, which have become a wildly popular way to lose weight or battle diabetes, show no link to suicidal thoughts or actions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    “Our preliminary evaluation has not found evidence that use of these medicines causes suicidal thoughts or actions,” an FDA

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  • January 12, 2024
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  • FDA to Import Syphilis Drug From France Amid Shortage

    Amid an ongoing shortage of the first-line treatment for syphilis in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow the importation of a different syphilis drug from a French drugmaker.

    In a letter from Laboratoires Delbert, the Paris-based company said it's working with the FDA to temporarily import 3.5 million ...

    Lead-Tainted Applesauce May Contain Another Toxin, Chromium

    Applesauce fruit puree pouches under recall and investigation for toxic lead levels may also contain another toxin, chromium, according to an update released Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The products under recall are Wana...

    Cases of Lead Poisoning Linked to Fruit Puree Pouches Reaches 251

    At least 251 cases of lead poisoning linked to tainted fruit puree pouches have now been reported in 34 states, U.S. health officials said.

    That's up from 205 cases reported in the last weekly tally, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention noted in its latest update

    Blue Ridge Beef Raw Pet Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

    Blue Ridge Beef, a maker of raw pet foods, has announced it is recalling some of its products for kittens and puppies because of possible contamination with salmonella and listeria.

    After being notified earlier this month by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that health officials found salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in certain products, the...

    FDA Warns of Counterfeit Ozempic

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has uncovered counterfeit Ozempic shots in the legitimate U.S. drug supply chain, and is warning patients to be on their guard.

    The FDA said Thursday that it has seized thousands of counterfeit dos...

    Unapproved 'Fat-Dissolving' Injections Are Leaving Patients Maimed, FDA Warns

    People are being maimed by unauthorized fat-dissolving injections meant to tighten up double chins and dissipate flab along the arms, thighs and stomach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    The shots are supposed to break down fat cells and reduce fat deposits in the areas around the injection sites.

    But adverse reactions from the unapproved injections are causing scarring,...

    Scent of a Woman's Tears Could Lower Anger Levels in Men

    A man becoming incredibly uncomfortable when a woman starts crying -- to the point he'll do anything to make her stop -- is a reliable old chestnut in TV and movies.

    But there appears to be a biochemical truth to that cliché, a new study reports.

    Women's tears contain scent-borne chemicals that block aggression in men, according to research published in the journal PLOS Biology...

    Over 200 Lead Poisoning Cases Now Linked to Tainted Fruit Puree Pouches

    At least 205 cases of lead poisoning linked to contaminated fruit puree pouches have now been reported in the United States, federal health officials report.

    That's up from 125 cases in the last weekly tally, with 33 states now reporting poisonings, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said in its

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  • December 21, 2023
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  • Cinnamon in Applesauce That Sickened Kids May Have Been Deliberately Tainted With Lead

    Cinnamon used in applesauce pouches that have been tied to high lead levels in kids may have been deliberately tainted with the toxic element, a source at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    "We're still in the midst of our investigation," Jim Jones, the FDA's deputy commissioner for human foods, told Politico. "But so far all of the signals we're getting lead to an inten...

    FDA Seizes 1.5 Million Illegal Vaping Products, Including Elf Bar

    Federal agents have seized more than 1.4 million illegal vaping products being smuggled into the United States from China.

    A three-day operation at Los Angeles International Airport resulted in the seizure of 41 shipments of illegal e-cigarettes worth more than $18 million, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

    The products included the hugely popular brand Elf Bar, as well as...

    FDA Asked to Consider Party Drug MDMA as Treatment for PTSD

    A California company has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve MDMA, the active ingredient in party drugs like molly and ecstasy, as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    When announcing the new drug application (NDA) filing on Tuesday, MAPS Public Benefit Corp. noted it has been studying the drug for this use for years. The FDA has 60 days to decide whet...

    Biden Administration Delays Decision on Menthol Cigarette Ban Amid Pushback

    The Biden administration has again delayed enacting a ban on menthol cigarettes following intense lobbying from the tobacco industry.

    Along with that pressure, other critics of the ban have warned that it might anger Black smokers, who use menthol cigarettes at far higher rates than whites -- just as President Biden gears up to run for re-election, administration officials told the Wa...

    After Salmonella Cases Double in a Week, Cantaloupe Recall Expanded

    MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Three more brands of cantaloupe have been recalled by U.S. health officials after salmonella infections linked to the fruit more than doubled in just a week.

    The case count now includes nearly 100 people in 32 states, with Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio having the highest number of illnesses reported. Two people have died in Minn...

    FDA Looking at Cinnamon as Source of Lead in Fruit Puree Products

    FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it has found early evidence that cinnamon may be the source of high levels of lead in fruit puree pouches that have now sickened 34 children.

    The agency, in partnership with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, has been investigating illnesses linked to the consumption of Apple Cinna...