- FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers Updated: Apr-29-16 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.
- Are you ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill? Updated: Apr-29-16 12:22 pm
MIAMI - The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within - but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.
- South Dakota tribe sues feds over ER closure Updated: Apr-28-16 5:46 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.
- Governor says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program Updated: Apr-26-16 5:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government's refugee resettlement program over safety concerns, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday after taking what could be a largely symbolic action to show displeasure with President Barack Obama's administration.
- Muscular dystrophy drug falls short at high-stakes meeting Updated: Apr-25-16 8:35 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers voted against an experimental treatment for muscular dystrophy on Monday, the latest in a series of setbacks for the Sarepta Therapeutics' drug, which has become a rallying point for patients and families affected by the deadly disease.
- Study: No suicide risk for anti-smoking pills Chantix, Zyban Updated: Apr-22-16 6:49 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Seven years after U.S. regulators slapped their strictest warning on two popular smoking-cessation medicines citing risks of suicidal behavior, a large international study found no such risk.
- Williamsburg psychiatric hospital loses Medicare funding Updated: Apr-22-16 12:26 pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Eastern State Hospital no longer has Medicare funding after a survey found it did not comply with requirements of participation for psychiatric hospitals.
- Legislature moves to repeal new law targeting abortion Updated: Apr-21-16 8:23 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature is moving to repeal a law just signed by Gov. Doug Ducey and another one he signed last year that target abortions and appear to be indefensible in court.
- Texas prison agency reviewing federal ban of execution drug Updated: Apr-20-16 3:23 pm
HOUSTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is refusing to back down from its decision to block the Texas prison system from importing a drug that could be used for capital punishment in the state that carries out the most executions in the nation.
- UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to 'handful' of states Updated: Apr-19-16 3:52 pm
UnitedHealth's decision to slash its participation in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges shows how these still-new marketplaces remain unsettled heading toward their fourth year.
- FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens Updated: Apr-19-16 2:46 pm
WASHINGTON - 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.
- Report: More infections from dirty scopes than estimated Updated: Apr-15-16 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON - At least 300 patients have been sickened by life-threatening infections linked to contaminated medical scopes - more than previously estimated by federal regulators, according to figures released Friday.
- Illinois doctor accused of importing unapproved cancer drugs Updated: Apr-14-16 4:53 pm
CHICAGO - An Illinois doctor may lose her license for allegedly putting unknowing patients at risk by giving them cheap, imported cancer drugs in violation of federal law.
- States urge methadone clinic reporting to databases Updated: Apr-13-16 2:00 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia has joined 32 other states in urging federal health officials to let methadone clinics bypass a patient's permission in order to submit dispensing data to prescription drug monitoring databases.
- Birth control coverage bill dies in state Senate committee Updated: Apr-11-16 5:32 pm
DENVER - A bill intended to expand women's access to no-cost birth control options under the Affordable Care Act has failed in a state Senate committee.
- American doctors make new esophagus using stents and skin Updated: Apr-08-16 6:32 pm
LONDON - American doctors have made a new esophagus for a young man, using donated skin tissue and metal stents, in the latest example of scientists creating body parts in the lab to help patients with few other options.
- Trade group egged on FDA to act against vegan mayo Updated: Apr-07-16 1:25 pm
NEW YORK - Mayonnaise impostors, beware! An industry group is patrolling the grocery aisles.
- University of Missouri nursing school gets $20M for study Updated: Apr-06-16 1:38 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The nursing school at the University of Missouri has received nearly $20 million in federal funds to expand research that has already reduced hospitalizations among nursing home residents in the St. Louis region.
- Subway posting calories nationally as regulation lags Updated: Apr-05-16 7:05 am
NEW YORK - Subway is moving ahead and posting calorie counts on menu boards nationally despite another delay in a federal rule requiring the information.
- FDA OKs Descovy, Gilead Science's latest combo HIV pill Updated: Apr-04-16 7:33 pm
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Descovy, a combination HIV drug developed by biologic drugmaker Gilead Sciences.
- Blue Bell: Listeria likely spread in Oklahoma plant drainage Updated: Apr-02-16 4:23 pm
BRENHAM, Texas - Blue Bell Creameries told federal inspectors that it believes that listeria bacteria spread at its Oklahoma plant through a drainage system, but the company said it couldn't identify a single source of listeria that contaminated equipment at its flagship facility in the Central Texas town of Brenham.
- FDA proposes limit for arsenic in baby rice cereal Updated: Apr-01-16 5:23 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday urged the food industry to reduce the already tiny amount of arsenic found in baby rice cereals.
- FDA: small risk of implant malfunction from medical scans Updated: Apr-01-16 2:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Patients with pacemakers, drug pumps and other medical devices face a very small risk of electrical malfunction when undergoing medical scanning, but it shouldn't stop them from getting necessary care, according to health regulators.
- Arizona governor signs 3 bills targeting abortion providers Updated: Mar-31-16 9:03 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday announced he had signed three bills targeting abortion providers, including one requiring them to follow outdated federal guidelines for the most common abortion drug and prescribe it at much higher doses than needed.