Food and Drug Administration
'Right to Try' Law Will Give Terminally Ill Patients Access to Experimental Drugs
The bill will allow terminally ill patients to request experimental drugs that the FDA has not yet approved.
A Decade After the FDA Warned Doctors About Methadone, States Finally Stopped Recommending It
When used as a pain reliever, methadone is especially likely to cause unintentional overdoses.
The FDA and the USDA Partner to Improve Food Safety
The outlined agreement emphasizes collaboration on common interests to improve food safety and to provide more information to Americans on products they purchase from store shelves.
The FDA's Proposed Crackdown on Homeopathy Takes Aim at Risky Remedies
Homeopathic products include everything from the radically alternative to certain over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines.
The FDA Just Approved a New Injection for Treating Opioid Addiction. Will Drug Courts Actually Let Defendants Take It?
The new treatment may help overcome some courts' lingering—and dangerous—aversion to medication-assisted treatment.
FDA Approves Monthly Injection to Treat Opioid Addiction
Buprenorphine has long been considered a gold-standard treatment for addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin.
The Food and Drug Administration Closes a Loophole in Stem Cell Clinic Regulations
Under the new rules, a recent procedure at a Florida clinic that left three elderly women blind would have been outlawed from the start.
The FDA Uses Scant Evidence to Approve Updates to Defibrillators and Hip Replacements, Study Finds
The study looked at recently approved major changes to critical devices such as blood-sugar monitors, stents, and defibrillators meant to restart the heart.
FDA Wants to Lower Amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes
The FDA is taking a side in a hot debate in public health right now over what to do about new tobacco products.
The Pill That Probably Won't Fix Your Low Sex Drive
A meta-study finds "female Viagra" to have low-to-moderate benefits and side effects.
The Former Dentist Uncovering Sugar's Rotten Secrets
University of California–San Francisco researcher Cristin Kearns dropped a promising career at the Kaiser Foundation to dig through sugar industry archives for a smoking gun. With help from the man who brought down Big Tobacco, she’s now proving that Big Sugar steered scientists away from looking at the ingredient’s harmful effects.
Distorting Our Relationship With Technology
Placed in historical perspective, the popular opposition to things like GMOs and vaccines, much like 19th-century opposition to fertilizers and insecticides, reflects less an overt rejection of science than a distrust of experts who peddle it.
How Horse Meat Might Get Into the U.S. Food System
The hidden pipeline for America’s mystery meat may start at home.
Are Doctors Careful Enough With Off-Label Prescriptions?
Too often, doctors aren't using sound science when they prescribe a drug for unapproved uses, a new study finds.
Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?
A bill that would speed up approval for medications and medical devices shows how a major initiative can get traction even in the midst of Washington gridlock—but critics say all the lobbying is drowning out some warnings about patient safety.