FDA opens criminal probe of vaping deaths as health officials search for cause

The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal probe into the cause of a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has sickened 530 people and killed seven, an agency official said Thursday. The agency’s Office of Criminal Investigations opened a probe “shortly after” people started falling ill, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, told reporters on a call Thursday.   “OCI has special investigative skills and the focus of their work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain,”…

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The FDA Reauthorization Act Symbolizes Need for Bipartisan Health Care Solutions

The Republican Party promised that as soon as they were elected they would repeal and replace Obamacare. Six months later — after multiple failed attempts — there is only a glimmer of hope that our nation’s legislatures will still work to find better healthcare solutions for Americans. But just last week, in a rare bipartisan fashion, Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the FDA Reauthorization Act. The bill, which passed without amendments from the House version passed in June, went straight to President Trump’s desk and is expected…

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Will FDA Guidance, Or Lack Thereof, Affect Food And Beverage Litigation?

With the number of class action lawsuits brought against food and beverage manufacturers over allegedly poor labeling and marketing on the rise, companies and their attorneys are looking for more guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But would more guidance, guidelines, rules and regulations, or better enforcement, slow the surge? A spokeswoman for the FDA told Legal Newsline that the agency does not track class action lawsuits filed against food and drug makers. “It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure their food is safe and properly…

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