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Opinion: In the Era Of Fake News, FDA Is Contributing to the Epidemic

Mathematician Jacob Bronoski once said, “No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.” Unfortunately, in the last six years, I have spent advocating for the life-saving capabilities of vapor products when used by adult smokers as a less harmful alternative, I have experienced this first hand in many ways

Opinion

Opinion: Banning Bad Behavior Feels Good — But Does It Work?

The FDA recently announced it is working toward banning menthol cigarettes and flavored mass-produced cigars. The reaction to the menthol ban broke down along familiar lines. Some people are in favor, believing the ban will improve health outcomes of certain groups who tend to use these products. According to the Center for Disease Control, 85 percent

Opinion

Opinion: Lawmakers Want the FDA to Remove Vaping Products From the Market Again

House Democrats have asked acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Janet Woodcock to remove all vaping products from the market during an ongoing product approval process, despite evidence showing millions of Americans have used these alternatives to stop smoking traditional cigarettes. “Flavored e-cigarettes are putting a new generation of kids at risk of nicotine

COVID-19

FDA plans to OK 2nd COVID-19 vaccine after panel endorsement

The head of the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that his agency will move to quickly authorize the second COVID-19 vaccine to fight the pandemic, hours after the shot won the key endorsement of a government advisory panel. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement that regulators have communicated their plans to

Medical

Trump makes late-term bid to lower prescription drug costs

Trying to close out major unfinished business, the Trump administration issued regulations Friday that could lower the prices Americans pay for many prescription drugs. But in a time of political uncertainty, it’s hard to say whether the rules will withstand expected legal challenges from the pharmaceutical industry or whether President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will accept,

COVID-19

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the catastrophic outbreak under control. The announcement came less than a week after an election seen

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