Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Allows Emergency COVID-19 Vaccine in Bid to End Pandemic

The U.S. has given the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, launching emergency vaccinations in a bid to end the pandemic. Shots will begin in a few days after Friday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA called the vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech safe and strongly protective. But initial doses are scarce…

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Faces Last Hurdle Before US Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces one final hurdle before an expected decision to greenlight the shot for use in millions of Americans. Food and Drug Administration advisers meet Thursday to scrutinize the company’s data for any red flags or oversights. The public review comes as U.K. regulators investigate two apparent cases of allergic reaction to the vaccine. Safety…

Pfizer Seeking Emergency Use of its COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S

Pfizer is set to ask U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting a process that could bring first shots as early as next month. Friday’s step comes days after Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced its vaccine appears 95% protective in a large but not yet finished study. Over the next few weeks, the Food…

FDA Issues Warning About Risky Vein Opening Procedure

The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. The procedure involves threading a balloon into veins in the neck and elsewhere to widen them and improve blood flow. The federal agency said Wednesday it has seen no evidence…

Sabra Recalls Hummus Amid Listeria Contamination Fears

Some varieties of Sabra hummus are being recalled amid concerns over possible listeria contamination. The Food and Drug Administration says the voluntary recall announced by Sabra Dipping Company includes hummus products with a “Best Before” date of Jan. 23, 2017, or earlier. The products were sent to retailers in the U.S. and Canada. The FDA says listeria was identified at…

House Bill Would Curb Regulation of E-Cigarettes, Cigars

Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate…