- FDA issues warning letters to powdered caffeine distributors Updated: Sep-01-15 7:21 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk.
- Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case Updated: Aug-31-15 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group in its challenge of a key birth control provision of the Obama administration's health care overhaul.
- New England governors urge FDA to set tougher opioid labels Updated: Aug-31-15 4:02 pm
BOSTON - The governors of all six New England states have sent a letter urging the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tighten warnings on opioids.
- FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs Updated: Aug-27-15 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.
- FDA issues warning letters to "natural" tobacco makers Updated: Aug-27-15 12:47 pm
NEW YORK - The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims.
- Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding Updated: Aug-26-15 7:31 pm
The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect.
- Montana Editorial Roundup Updated: Aug-26-15 7:22 pm
The Billings Gazette, Aug. 21, on health coverage for Montanans:
- Just Mayo maker warned by FDA that 'mayo' needs eggs Updated: Aug-25-15 12:28 pm
NEW YORK - The maker of eggless spread Just Mayo has gotten a warning from regulators: 'Mayo' needs eggs.
- Man admits forcing immigrant teenagers into egg farm work Updated: Aug-24-15 6:28 pm
MARION, Ohio - The thousand-mile journey to the Texas border was supposed to bring the Guatemalan teenagers to a better life. Instead, it was the beginning of a terrible ordeal: Prosecutors say they were fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody by conspirators posing as friends or family who forced them to work as virtual slaves.
- Drug industry links run deep in field of sexual medicine Updated: Aug-20-15 8:49 pm
WASHINGTON - How do you measure sexual desire?
- US attorney in Nebraska reviewing execution drug allegations Updated: Aug-20-15 5:49 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The U.S. attorney's office in Nebraska is reviewing allegations by a civil liberties group that state officials are trying to violate federal law through their attempts to import lethal injection drugs.
- Valeant to spend about $1B on maker of women's libido drug Updated: Aug-20-15 12:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Valeant Pharmaceuticals will pay about $1 billion in cash to buy Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the first prescription drug intended to boost sexual desire in women.
- Popular foods taking on new hues without artificial dyes Updated: Aug-20-15 10:44 am
TARRYTOWN, New York - Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won't be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won't be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two less colors.
- Antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' found at California hospital Updated: Aug-19-15 8:28 pm
PASADENA, California - A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country.
- FDA to Ohio: Plan to get new execution drug overseas illegal Updated: Aug-19-15 5:52 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal agency has warned Ohio that the state would be breaking the law if it carried out plans to import lethal injection drugs from overseas.
- Teens' e-cigarette use linked with later smoking Updated: Aug-18-15 11:58 am
CHICAGO - Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than others to later smoke conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products, a study at 10 Los Angeles high schools suggests.
- FDA: scope manufacturer waited years to report problems Updated: Aug-17-15 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have uncovered new violations by the manufacturer of medical scopes recently linked to outbreaks of deadly "superbug" bacteria at U.S. hospitals.
- Imperfect test fuels alternative treatments for Lyme disease Updated: Aug-17-15 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Lyme disease conjures memories of checking for ticks at camp and fretting over bug bites after hikes in the woods. But far from a summertime nuisance, Lyme is a potentially debilitating disease - and the subject of a vigorous debate in modern medicine.
- Arkansas ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood Updated: Aug-14-15 6:40 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas is ending its Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday, despite warnings federal officials have given other states that such a move could violate the law.
- Blood from gay donors in art exhibit protesting FDA's ban Updated: Aug-13-15 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON - A Washington museum will exhibit a sculpture that uses the blood of nine gay, bisexual and transgender men to protest the federal ban on blood donations from men who have sex with other men.
- Correction: Kim Kardashian-FDA Warning story Updated: Aug-12-15 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON - In a story Aug. 11 about Kim Kardashian's social media promotions of a morning sickness drug, The Associated Press erroneously described the removal of a different version of the drug from the market in 1983. The drug was voluntarily withdrawn from the market by its manufacturer.
- Food industry asks for exemptions to trans fat phase out Updated: Aug-05-15 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Shortening, pie crusts, brownies and microwave popcorn could be partially exempt from a government phase out of artificial trans fats - if the food industry gets its way.
- Kansas ends $25 limit on ATM withdrawals of cash benefits Updated: Aug-04-15 8:50 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas has eliminated a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards over concerns from U.S. officials about the much-criticized part of a larger effort to ensure that poor families use their benefits for necessities and not alcohol, gambling or luxuries such as concerts or tattoos.
- More than 380 in US sickened by cilantro-linked infection Updated: Aug-04-15 6:46 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 380 people in 26 U.S. states have been diagnosed with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste, two federal agencies said Tuesday.
- FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks Updated: Aug-04-15 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S.