FDA changes course on graphic warning labels for cigarettes
Will not appeal ruling
The Department of Justice has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner saying it will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked new graphic warnings on cigarette packages.
The government had until April 5 to appeal the ruling, which struck down the mandate, saying the requirements were a violation of free speech protections.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration instead will “undertake research to support a new rule-making consistent with the Tobacco Control Act,” the letter said, meaning the FDA will have to create new warning labels.
The FDA didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to weigh a potential menthol cigarette ban. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, Center for American Progress and Legacy® called for menthol cigarettes to be taken off the market, citing key findings published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH).
In an effort to curb prescription painkiller abuse, the Food and Drug Administration is banning generic versions of the original OxyContin formula.
“The FDA has determined that the benefits of original OxyContin no longer outweigh its risks,” the agency said in a statement.
When you shop for turkey burgers for dinner tonight, you may be buying more than meat.
A recently released FDA report found that of all the raw ground turkey tested, 81% was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Also, according to the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, or NARMS, Retail Meat Annual Report, ground turkey wasn’t the only problem. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria was found in some 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken.
The lawsuit was filed by a California environmental group in 2011
It concerns some of the country’s biggest baby food makers
The suit seeks to require companies put warning labels on their products
A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after birth control pill available to people of any age without a prescription.
The order overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to require a prescription for girls under 17.