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FDA Approves First Intratumoral Injection to Treat Non-Metastatic Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Dogs

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Stelfonta (tigilanol tiglate injection) to treat dogs with non-metastatic, skin-based (cutaneous) mast cell tumors (MCTs). The FDA is also approving Stelfonta to treat non-metastatic MCTs located under the dog’s skin (subcutaneous), in particular areas of a dog’s leg.  Stelfonta is injected directly into the MCT (intratumoral injection). Stelfonta works by activating a…

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FDA Approves Lotion for Nonprescription Use to Treat Head Lice

head lice

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

Antibody

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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