A top U.S. regulator is discrediting research published a year ago that found impurities in dozens of generic heart drugs made overseas, saying the investigators contaminated the samples during their testing.
The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to let consumers buy medicines for some chronic conditions without a prescription while speeding approvals of drugs for infection, Alzheimer’s disease and rare conditions.
April Hauge, a nurse practitioner in Weimar, California, spent $500 on a genetic test for her autistic son in 2009 that led to purchasing thousands of dollars in vitamins and supplements. Impressed with the results, she’s now selling advice on the approach to others.
Pfizer Inc. , Johnson & Johnson and Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. will have to train doctors before they can give patients extended-release painkillers under a U.S. plan aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to oversee electronic cigarettes marketed for non-therapeutic use as tobacco products after a court ruled the products can’t be regulated as drugs or medical devices.
The Avastin medicine has largely lived up to its billing as an innovative way to attack tumors, along the way generating the most revenue for any cancer drug while being Roche Holding AG ’s best-selling treatment with 6.46 billion Swiss francs ($6.88 billion) in sales last year.