US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients
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US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that can track whether patients have taken their medicine. The Abilify pill was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to treat schizophrenia, and the sensor technology was approved for marketing in 2012. The FDA said in a statement … Continue reading

FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness
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FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A potentially groundbreaking treatment for a rare form of blindness moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday, as federal health advisers endorsed the experimental gene therapy for patients with an inherited condition that gradually destroys eyesight. The panel experts to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously in favor … Continue reading

FDA Oks 1st muscular dystrophy drug; awaits proof it works
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FDA Oks 1st muscular dystrophy drug; awaits proof it works

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Monday granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication. The approval came despite an internal dispute among Food and Drug Administration officials that ultimately had to be resolved by the agency’s … Continue reading

A look at drug company spending, influence in Virginia
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A look at drug company spending, influence in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In Virginia and in states across the country, drugmakers that produce opioids and allied advocacy groups are spending heavily as they work to influence state and federal policies. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that drug companies and allied groups spent more than … Continue reading

Investigator: FDA still taking months to recall tainted food
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Investigator: FDA still taking months to recall tainted food

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday. Despite new legal powers to compel recalls and sophisticated technology to fingerprint pathogens, the Food and Drug Administration allowed some food-safety investigations to drag … Continue reading

Makeover coming for food nutrition labels
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Makeover coming for food nutrition labels

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators announced tighter guidelines Thursday for human exposure to an industrial chemical used for decades in such consumer products as non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and microwave popcorn bags. The cancer-causing chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA, has been found in the tap water of dozens of factory towns near industrial … Continue reading

FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens
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FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials will team up with minor league baseball as part of a new $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign’s central message this summer — “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless” — via advertising and promotions with players. Ads will also run … Continue reading