Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers o...

Trump plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use t...

3 years in, no sign of Trump's replacement for Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would pr...

12 hotels in Taiwan found in violation of food safety standards

Twelve hotels in Taiwan, rated as five-star or international tourist class, were found earlier this year to be in violation of food safety standards, and fines were imposed accordingly, the Food and D...

Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration disputes online rumors about cold medicine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday (Dec. 18) warned that mixing cold medicine with coffee could have a negative effect on patients, contrary to what some ...

US permits sale of cigarettes with 95% less nicotine

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday endorsed a type of cigarette that could help ease the addictive grip of smoking by delivering very low levels of nicotine. The Food...

Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration despite concerns about how he will confront the growing problem of underage vaping. ...

Taiwan tightens regulations on imports of romaine lettuce from US

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday that a safety certificate will now be required for all imports of romaine lettuce from the United States, amid reports of E. coli contamination of...

IKEA travel mugs in Taiwan found to contain dangerous plasticizer levels

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A type of travel mug imported from India by IKEA has been found to contain extremely high plasticizer levels, according to Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA...

US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, California

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak. They also say not to ea...

Taiwan FDA mulls setting maximum limits for GEs in food products

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Food and Drug Administration is considering limiting the presence of glycidyl fatty acid esters (GEs) in foods out of concern that they are carcinogenic and harmful...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 20 The Los Angeles Times on a plan that would have pulled flavored electronic cigarettes from ...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

SHANGHAI (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspec...

AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meet...

FDA warns Dollar Tree about flagged Chinese manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government regulators have again warned Dollar Tree’s parent company about importing drugs and cosmetics that could be tainted due to improper product testing during manufacturing. ...