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# fda - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Pfizer applies for emergency approval to rollout vaccine in US before the end of the year

The FDA will meet on 10 December to discuss the request for emergency use authorization

# fda - Friday 23 October, 2020

Antiviral drug remdesivir granted full approval in US as a treatment for people hospitalised with Covid-19

Remdesivir was one of the first drugs to show relative promise in shortening the time to recovery in some coronavirus patients

# fda - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Trump eager to return to campaign trail as more aides test positive for Covid-19

Joe Biden has said he shouldn’t debate Trump next week if the president remains Covid-positive.

# fda - Saturday 2 May, 2020

US regulators approve use of experimental drug to treat coronavirus patients

The Food and Drug Administration acted after preliminary results from a government-sponsored study of remdesivir.

# fda - Wednesday 17 April, 2019

FDA orders medical device companies to stop selling pelvic mesh

The FDA said it couldn’t assure women that these devices were safe and effective longterm.

# fda - Saturday 29 July, 2017

The US is proposing new laws to lower nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels

“A renewed focus on nicotine can help us to achieve a world where cigarettes no longer addict future generations of our kids,” the FDA said.

# fda - Monday 9 January, 2017

Ohio obtains hundreds of vials of lethal injection drugs so executions can continue

Drugmakers have, by and large, put their drugs off-limits for executions.

# fda - Saturday 28 May, 2016

This tiny implant could be the key to overcoming heroin addiction

The tiny implant is called Probuphine and could address some of the hardest parts of treating addiction.

# fda - Saturday 31 October, 2015

There's a plan to get the world's biggest club drug approved for medical use by 2021

It could be used as a viable treatment for use in psychotherapy to treat PTSD.

# fda - Thursday 4 June, 2015

The 'female Viagra' could be coming very soon

The side effects don’t exactly breed confidence though.

# fda - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Department looks at options for lifting ban on gay men donating blood

A policy paper being examined sets out options including a total removal of the ban and a time deferral on donation.

# fda - Saturday 12 July, 2014

Is spraying sun cream on our kids doing them more harm than good?

The FDA is investigating whether this product is harmful as people may accidentally breath in dangerous chemicals.

# fda - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

FBI investigating how vials of contagious smallpox were left in lab

The White House has been briefed on the incident, which came to public attention yesterday.

# fda - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Forgotten smallpox vials discovered in US research centre

World health authorities had believed the only samples left of the disease were safely and securely stored away.

# fda - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Anti-depressant ingredient from Cork plant contaminated with waste

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to GlaxoSmithKline over the contamination which the company first became aware of in January 2012.

# fda - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Female 'Viagra' pill aimed at boosting a woman's libido makes some sleepy

‘Flibanserin’ is believed to work on key neurotransmitters in the brain that affect sexual desire, excitement and inhibition.

# fda - Saturday 4 May, 2013

Why is the US investigating added caffeine in foods?

You may be surprised by the beverages and foods containing the stimulant… even chewing gum.

# fda - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Parents warned after US lawsuit filed against Monster energy drink makers

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has said parents should keep highly caffeinated drinks away from their children.

# fda - Friday 27 July, 2012

US can now classify heavily modified stem cells as 'drugs'

THE Food and Drug Administration now have the ability to declare certain stem cells as drugs in the hope of greater policing their use.

# fda - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

HIV home test approved by US Food and Drug Administration

The over-the-counter test has the potential to identify people who would otherwise go untested for the infection.

# fda - Thursday 2 February, 2012

One million packs of contraceptive pills recalled in the US

Pfizer cited packaging faults as the reason for the recall as pills could be out of sequence, leading to an increased risk of unwanted pregnancies.

# fda - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Column: Feeling unhealthy? It could be what you’re eating…

The food we live on is less healthy than ever before – and some of it is hardly food at all. But a few simple actions can help turn the tide, writes Emma Murphy.