F.D.A.: Celibate Gays Can Donate Blood

Rich Juzwiak · 12/23/14 02:23PM

The Food and Drug Administration is lifting its 31-year ban on blood donation from men who sleep with men. But don't get all excited and gay about it, gays.

Taylor Berman · 04/24/14 09:36AM

The FDA proposed new rules today that would regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. Once finalized, the regulations will prevent the sale of e-cigs to minors, prohibit the distribution of free samples, and require warnings that nicotine is addictive.

Drug Company Shamed Into Giving Treatment to a Dying 7-Year-Old

Gabrielle Bluestone · 03/11/14 11:08PM

Last week, a North Carolina drug company told the parents of a dying seven-year-old that they couldn't sell him a potentially life-saving treatment because doing so would slow their efforts to get the drug to market.

Taylor Berman · 12/16/13 10:30AM

Forty years after it started investigating triclosan, an anti-bacterial ingredient in liquid soaps, the FDA has found no evidence that the chemical actually prevents the spread of germs. Unless they can prove their effectiveness, manufacturers may have to relabel or discontinue their anti-bacterial products.

Lacey Donohue · 11/07/13 10:23PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer recognized as “safe.” If the determination is finalized, partially hydrogenated oils will be considered food additives that could not be used without special authorization.

Lacey Donohue · 10/30/13 08:53PM

The Food and Drug Administration reports that 12 percent of spices brought to the United States are contaminated with insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and “other things.” Seven percent of spice imports are also contaminated with salmonella. 100 percent of this information is gross.

Bad Last Minute Gift Idea: Counterfeit Botox

Taylor Berman · 12/24/12 06:00PM

If you'd considered getting or giving "wrinkle treatment" as holiday gift, perhaps you should reconsider. Of course, there are many reasons why you should reconsider but here's the most urgent one: Last month, the FDA sent a letter to 350 doctors warning them that they may have received counterfeit or unsafe Botox from a Canadian supplier.

Feds Crack Down on Guy Who Wants to Give You His Sperm for Free

Adrian Chen · 12/14/11 11:20AM

If being a weirdo is a heritable trait, Trent Arsenault is making the world a much stranger place. He's a self-fashioned "free sperm donor," bestowing his super-powerful seed on needy couples. But the FDA wants to shut him down.

Judge Blocks Disgusting Warnings on Cigarette Ads

Brian Moylan · 11/07/11 03:35PM

In a verdict that will please every American who goes into a convenience store, a judge ruled that the FDA can't make cigarette companies put graphic and disgusting anti-smoking warnings on their packaging. Thank god.

Big Tobacco Sues FDA Over Ghastly Warning Photos

Seth Abramovitch · 08/17/11 12:35AM

The FDA is to be commended for consistently raising the vomit-bar when it comes to cigarette warnings. Next month, they're rolling out nine graphic new labels — collect them all! — featuring the most impressive-looking cancer lungs and sliced-open cadavers we've seen to date. Take that, Saw movie campaign! But your favorite nic-pushers are done playing Mr. Nice Tobacco Conglomerate: They're fighting back! With lawyers!