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FDA Approves Lotion for Nonprescription Use to Treat Head Lice

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a lotion to treat head lice for nonprescription, or over-the-counter (OTC), use through a process called a prescription (Rx)-to-OTC switch. The FDA initially approved Sklice (ivermectin) lotion, 0.5% for the treatment of head lice infestation in patients 6 months of age and older as a prescription drug in February 2012. “The Rx-to-OTC…

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Warnings About Using a Type of Pain and Fever Medication in Second Half of Pregnancy

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced  in a Drug Safety Communication that it is requiring labeling changes for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These changes include new labeling to explain that if women take the medications around 20 weeks or later in their pregnancy, the drugs can cause rare but serious kidney problems in the unborn baby, which can lead…

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FDA Approves First Treatment for Ebola Virus

Ebola Virus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Inmazeb (atoltivimab, maftivimab, and odesivimab-ebgn), a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies, as the first FDA-approved treatment for Zaire ebolavirus (Ebola virus) infection in adult and pediatric patients. “Today’s action demonstrates the FDA’s ongoing commitment to responding to public health threats—both domestically and abroad—on the basis of science and data,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M….

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FDA Approves Drug Combination for Treating Mesothelioma

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First approval in 16 years for mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibers Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the first-line treatment of adults with malignant pleural mesothelioma that cannot be removed by surgery. This is the first drug regimen approved for mesothelioma in 16 years and…

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FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Group of Rare Blood Disorders in Nearly 14 Years

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Approval is for hypereosinophilic syndrome, which occurs when there is a high number of a type of white blood cells   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Nucala (mepolizumab) for adults and children aged 12 years and older with hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) for six months or longer without another identifiable non-blood related cause of the disease. The new indication…

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FDA Requiring Labeling Changes for Benzodiazepines

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Boxed Warning to Be Updated to Include Abuse, Addiction and Other Serious Risks The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today in a Drug Safety Communication that it is requiring an update to the Boxed Warning, the agency’s most prominent safety warning, and requiring class-wide labeling changes for benzodiazepines to include the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence and…

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FDA Takes Actions to Help Lower U.S. Prescription Drug Prices

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Final Rule, Guidance Fulfill Plan for Safe Importation of Certain Drugs Originally Intended for Foreign Markets   Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took actions to help provide safe, effective, and more affordable drugs to American patients as part of the Safe Importation Action Plan, fulfilling the aspect of the…

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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Donates Face Masks to Selma City Schools

  Montgomery, Ala. –  To help the neighboring community of Selma continue its fight against COVID-19, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) donated 6,000 face masks to Selma City Schools. HMMA donated 5,000 disposable masks and 1,000 reusable fabric face masks to Selma City Schools. The donation was received by school officials for distribution to students, faculty and staff. The Selma…

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FDA Authorizes First Point-of-Care Antibody Test for COVID-19

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first serology (antibody) point-of-care (POC) test for COVID-19. The Assure COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Device was first authorized for emergency use by certain labs in July 2020 to help identify individuals with antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, indicating recent or prior COVID-19 infection. Today, that EUA is…

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FDA Announces Major Milestone in New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Food Safety

In a Statement From Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response – Food and Drug Administration Frank Yiannas September 21, 2020: Today, I am excited to announce an important, critical step forward in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to bring about farm-to-table traceability in our food supply. The FDA has proposed a new rule that lays the foundation…

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