US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy. The drug has been on the market since

FDA approves first-ever shock wave healing device

With the number of bogus remedies and treatments floating around, claiming to provide relief for various ailments, the FDA really has its work cut out for it. I mean, can you imagine trying to wade through the swamp of snake oil that exists out there just to find

Amazon is selling sketchy health products and it may be illegal

Amazon is hawking dubious health products, including some that have been criticized by regulators and may even be illegal. Current health offerings, replete with literal “snake oil,”a term that refers to fake medical products, could stymie the online retailer’s reported plans to disrupt the neighborhood pharmacy. These products include dietary

Schumer pushes for regulations on e-cigs as more kids vape

Sen. Chuck Schumer urged the federal government Sunday to reverse a recent decision to delay the regulation of e-cigarettes after citing alarming data that show one in five teens in New York State vape. The nicotine gadget called “Juul” has become especially popular among teenagers because it’s easy to hide, Schumer

FDA orders bakery to nix “love’ as granola ingredient

Eat your heart out. The humorless US Food and Drug Administration has ordered a New England artisan bakery to remove “love” from the list of ingredients on its granola packets — arguing the tongue-in-cheek item isn’t something you can actually put in the hippy breakfast food. “Ingredients required to be declared on

“Death Wish’ coffee may actually kill you

Truth in advertising has never been so frightening. Coffee company ‘Death Wish’ is recalling one of its drinks because it might actually cause death. The upstate New York outfit says its 11-oz Nitro Cold Brew could contain botulism — a harmful food poisoning that can cause weakness, gastrointestinal problems and, yes, death

Thiel-backed drug firm secretly tested herpes vaccine overseas: report

A US drug company backed by President Trump supporter Peter Thiel secretly conducted human trials for a herpes vaccine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts — and the local government is now investigating, according to a report. Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, is one of several big-name investors who have

St. Jude announces new protections against pacemaker hacking

A year after denying concerns raised by a short seller about the safety of its implantable heart devices, St. Jude Medical — now owned by Abbott Labs — announced updates to protect patients against sudden battery depletion and hacking. It is the second such update since Abbott acquired St. Jude earlier

St. Jude announces new protections against pacemaker hacking

A year after denying concerns raised by a short seller about the safety of its implantable heart devices, St. Jude Medical — now owned by Abbott Labs — announced updates to protect patients against sudden battery depletion and hacking. It is the second such update since Abbott acquired St. Jude earlier

Feds want to block city plan for calorie labels at supermarkets

Food fight! Federal regulators have filed legal papers seeking to block New York City from going rogue and enforcing new national calorie labeling requirements in restaurants, convenience and grocery stores before they say so. In doing so, the US Food and Drug Administration is siding with the food service industry, which filed

People are dying after getting these weight-loss implants

At least five people have died after having balloons surgically implanted in their stomachs to help them lose weight, according to reports. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to doctors warning that devices produced by Apollo Endo-Surgery and ReShape have been linked to suspicious deaths. “All five reports indicate that

Dairy and plant groups battle over milk

Two decades later and a plant-advocacy group is still spoiling for a fight over milk. The group, which represents makers of soy, almond and other plant-based milk beverages, petitioned the federal government on Monday for a ruling that would allow its members to continue to call their popular products milk. More On: milk Mom's

Feds widen criminal probe of Chipotle

Chipotle is getting grilled by the feds — again. The Food and Drug Aministration’s Office of Criminal Investigations is probing a norovirus outbreak that sickened more than 135 people who ate at a Chipotle restaurant last week in Virginia. The FDA’s July 19 subpoena of documents —which one prominent expert described as

Food groups sue over de Blasio’s calorie policy for supermarkets

Mayor de Blasio is squeezing the city’s grocery and convenience-store chains by requiring them to post calories counts nearly a year ahead of a federal deadline, a new lawsuit charges. “New York’s regulation will effectively govern calorie count obligations and displays nationally, and in a manner that the Food and Drug

Mom warns of super-strong “pink’ drug that killed her son

A Texas mom says her son was killed by a powerful synthetic opioid known as “pink” — which is seven times stronger than morphine. The woman is now warning parents and others across the country of the drug’s potency and deadly effects as more and more young people continue to use

Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st US gene therapy

A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-0 on Wednesday in favor of the leukemia treatment developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Corp. The FDA usually follows recommendations from its

Chuck Schumer calls for crackdown on “snortable chocolate’

Snortable chocolate is so dangerous that its health effects must be investigated by the feds, Sen. Charles Schumer is urging. Coco Loko — a raw cacao powder infused with a “special energy blend” — is marketed like a drug and should be closely regulated, Schumer demanded in a letter to the

Oprah-approved smoked fish shop sued over Listeria outbreaks

A Westchester smoked-fish shop that once got Oprah Winfrey’s seal of approval is being sued by Manhattan federal prosecutors over repeated outbreaks of Listeria. In April, the FDA took 99 samples from The Smokehouse of NY in Mamaroneck and 37 came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to the complaint. The feds

FDA approves new, cheaper alternative to EpiPen

TRENTON, N.J. — US regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s product, which should go on sale later this year. Symjepi is a syringe prefilled with the

FDA approves new, cheaper alternative to EpiPen

TRENTON, N.J. — US regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s product, which should go on sale later this year. Symjepi is a syringe prefilled with the

FDA approves new, cheaper alternative to EpiPen

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s product, which should go on sale later this year. Symjepi is a syringe prefilled with the