Congress passes 'right to try' experimental drug bill, allowing the critically ill to bypass FDA

Congress passes 'right to try' experimental drug bill, allowing the critically ill to bypass FDA

The House on Tuesday passed “right to try” legislation that would allow people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administration to obtain experimental medications, ending a drawn-out battle over access to unapproved therapies. President Donald Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure, which was praised by supporters as a lifeline for […]

What We're Reading: "Right-to-Try" Law Set; FDA to Speed Gene Therapies; Drug Pricing Analysis Finds Increases

What We're Reading: "Right-to-Try" Law Set; FDA to Speed Gene Therapies; Drug Pricing Analysis Finds Increases

The “right-to-try” bill heads to President Trump’s desk for signing after passing the House of Representatives; the FDA said certain gene therapies in development can qualify for quicker review, starting with hemophilia; brand-name drug makers have raised prices by double-digit percentages since 2012, with 47 drugs costing Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016. […]

FDA warns dangers of harmful drug in teething products

FDA warns dangers of harmful drug in teething products

The U.S. Drug and Food Administration warned consumers the dangers for infants and children of products that contain Benzocaine. Benzocaine is marketed to relieve pain from conditions like teething, sore throat, canker sores, and irritation of mouth and gums. According to the FDA, several products containing this dangerous pain reliever can be bought over the […]

FDA Faces Challenges With Experimental Drug Law

FDA Faces Challenges With Experimental Drug Law

May 23, 2018 / by The House recently sent a bill to the president’s desk to give terminally ill patients the right to sidestep the Food and Drug Administration to get experimental drugs. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. That’s where it starts to get tricky for […]

FDA considers marijuana-derived drug for severe epilepsy

FDA considers marijuana-derived drug for severe epilepsy

BOSTON — The Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of potentially making its first approval of medicine made from marijuana. It could be a game-changer for some patients diagnosed with two devastating forms of epilepsy. The seizures started when Margot Curtis was just a toddler, and over time, her mom, Carey Stokes-Curtis, says […]

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine (BEN-zoh-keyn) can cause rare but deadly side effects in […]

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe for children, wants them off shelves

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe for children, wants them off shelves

Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Published 10:35 a.m. ET May 23, 2018 | Updated 12:59 p.m. ET May 23, 2018 CLOSE Danielle Kapetanovic, of Chantilly, Virginia, is sharing her story after she nearly lost her 15-month-old daughter Chloe after giving her teething gel to ease her pain. Time Orajel is displayed for sale in a […]

FDA takes action against the use of OTC benzocaine teething products due to serious safety risk, lack of benefit

FDA takes action against the use of OTC benzocaine teething products due to serious safety risk, lack of benefit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that over-the-counter (OTC) teething products containing benzocaine pose a serious risk to infants and children. The agency today announced that OTC oral health products containing the pain reliever benzocaine for the temporary relief of sore gums due to teething in infants or children should no longer […]

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