Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $1 Billion over Faulty Hip Implants

A jury has awarded 6 people a whopping $1 billion over injuries they claim they received after being implanted with a faulty hip replacement device.


FDA Approves Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Ecstasy for PTSD Sufferers

The government has approved the 1st major clinical trial of Ecstasy to treat people with PTSD that has not responded to traditional therapy.


Congress Prepares to Vote on Bill That Would Speed up Drug Approval

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the FDA would be able to approve new drugs even faster than they are approved now. However, expediting drug approvals has proven deadly in the past.


GMO Mosquito Trial Approved in the Florida Keys

After communities in the Florida Keys disagreed over trials of GMO mosquitoes in the area, the mosquito control board has voted to go forward with the test.


A New Antibiotic is Nearing Approval, but Major Concerns Linger

A panel is recommended that the FDA approve a new experimental antibiotic, but deep concerns remain over the drug’s potential to cause serious liver injury.


USDA Approves 2 New Types of GMO Potatoes

The USDA has approved 2 new GMO potatoes. If the FDA and EPA give them the all-clear in January, they could reach the market by spring.


DEA Decides NOT to Ban Kratom … For Now

On October 12, the DEA announced it would not ban kratom, an herb used as a natural medicine. Public comment on the ban will be open until December 1.


Antitobacco Groups Sue FDA over Cigarette Warning Delays

Antitobacco groups have filed a lawsuit against the FDA, which had vowed to put graphic warnings on cigarette packs by June 2011.


Automated Insulin System Approved for People with Type 1 Diabetes

The world’s first “artificial pancreas” has been approved by the FDA for people with Type 1 diabetes. Will life now be easier for diabetics?


Shock: Sugary Cereal Considered “Healthy,” While Avocados are “Unhealthy”

The FDA is seeking public comment on what the definition of “healthy” should be as it applies to foods. Current standards may surprise you.


FDA Testing Finds Glyphosate Herbicide in Oatmeal, Baby Food

Just weeks after finding traces of glyphosate in U.S. honey, the FDA says it has found the herbicide in oatmeal and oat products.


Marijuana-Based Drug Nears Approval for Childhood Epilepsy

A marijuana-based childhood epilepsy drug has taken 1 step closer to approval after phase 3 clinical trial results kids had a 42% reduction in seizures.


The FDA is Offering a Cash Prize for an App to Fight Opioid Overdoses

The FDA will host a contest that will allow programmers to submit a smartphone app designed to reduce opioid overdose deaths.


Prominent Group of Pediatricians Warn: Codeine is not Safe for Children

A leading group of pediatricians warned this week that codeine should never be used in children for pain relief or as a cough suppressant.


Uh Oh: FDA Finds Glyphosate Herbicide in U.S. Honey

FDA testing has revealed that U.S. honey is contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, including a very popular brand marketed as 100 percent all-natural.


Why Do Companies Still Put a Banned Chemical in Your Toothpaste?

The FDA has banned triclosan from antibacterial hand soap, but allows it to remain in toothpaste. Dentists’ opinions differ on the wisdom of that ruling.


FDA Investigates 89+ Cases Hepatitis A Linked to Strawberry Smoothies

The FDA is working with the C DC and local and state officials to investigate the recent string of sickened individuals caused by frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt.