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FDA website to post names of drug makers blocking development of cheaper generics

by Dan Gorenstein May 17, 2018
The FDA plans to unveil a website today naming pharmaceutical companies that have blocked the development of generic drugs by failing to provide samples to competitors. This public posting is part of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s larger crackdown to, as…

Calorie count rule expands nationwide for larger food sellers

by Dan Gorenstein May 7, 2018
Starting today, fast food restaurants, grocery store chains, convenience stores and even movie theaters must start posting calorie counts. The law — which was a provision tucked into Obamacare — applies to food retailers with 20 locations or more. How will this…

E-cigarette maker JUUL faces challenge from feds

by Ryan Kailath Apr 27, 2018
E-cigarette manufacturer JUUL has aimed its product at adult smokers looking to quit. But now JUUL, with its brightly-colored, fruit-flavored refill cartridges, has caught on big with teenagers. The Food and Drug Administration stepped in this week. Click the audio player…
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The FDA wants more medical devices in your pocket

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Dec 20, 2017
The agency is being led by a venture capitalist who is taking some cues from the tech industry.
The FDA is working with companies like Fitbit to streamline the approval process for health and medical software.
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FDA to crack down on clinics illegally offering stem cell treatments

by Marielle Segarra Aug 29, 2017
Some clinics claim to use stem cells to treat diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Stem cells, like these viewed at the University of Connecticut`s Stem Cell Institute, help repair injured tissues in the body.
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Joy! Kinder Eggs are coming to America

by Jana Kasperkevic May 22, 2017
The popular European treat is changing its packaging to comply with U.S. rules.
Kinder Joy is made up of two plastic halves of an egg. 
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As FDA pick nears confirmation, the agency grapples with nearly 1,000 vacancies

by Dan Gorenstein Apr 27, 2017
A key Senate committee is expected to vote Thursday on the confirmation of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head up the Food and Drug Administration. If confirmed, which is expected, one of the headaches Gottlieb will inherit on Day 1: filling…

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Why 23andMe wants your genetic data

by Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova Apr 19, 2017
CEO Anne Wojcicki hopes the collective power of health information will advance research.
"In some ways the world is just starting, but in some ways I think we've really driven a lot of change," said 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki.
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Why the FDA doesn't like chocolate eggs with toys inside

by Jana Kasperkevic Apr 14, 2017
Would you risk a $2,500 fine for a seasonal treat?
The original Kinder Egg packaging, pictured above, is banned in the U.S.  
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FDA clears 23andMe to sell genetics tests for diseases

by Adam Allington Apr 10, 2017
Consumers can get information to help them determine if they are at risk of developing Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Anne Wojcicki is co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, a company that makes home DNA testing kits.
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