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WASHINGTON — Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.

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Johnson & Johnson asked U.S. regulators Thursday to clear the world's first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use option that could boost scarce supplies.

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Updated 12/18/20, 2:50 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day.

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Updated 12/17/20, 12:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation's first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

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Updated 12/11/20, 2:46 p.m.

WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Friday pressed Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn to grant an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine by the end of the day or face possible firing, two administration officials said.

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Updated 12/10/20, 3:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans.

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Updated 12/8/20, 9:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators Tuesday released their first scientific evaluation of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed it offers strong protection, setting the stage for the government to green-light the biggest vaccination effort in the nation's history.

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U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization.

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration released updated safety standards Tuesday for makers of COVID-19 vaccines after the White House blocked their formal release, the latest political tug-of-war between the Trump administration and the government's public health scientists.

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Updated 6/15/20, 11:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators on Monday revoked emergency authorization for malaria drugs promoted by President Donald Trump for treating COVID-19 amid growing evidence they don't work and could cause serious side effects.

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WASHINGTON — 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 the nicotine-emitting devices.

FDA Approves Cannabis-Based Seizure Treatment

Mar 27, 2018

It’s a step forward for the Food and Drug Administration’s approach to cannabis-derived medications. This week it approved a new drug, Epidiolex, that is a formulation of cannabidiol - CBD for short - to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Wendy Gibson is a Field Organizer for The Drug Policy Forum, and The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii who has spent years advocating for the use of cannabis-derived medications - and although she has reservations about this one, she welcomes the FDA’s changing attitude.

The Conversation: Friday, August 12th, 2016

Aug 12, 2016

Outlook for the E-Cig Industry; A Local School Goes Paperless; Future of HART

  Lasers used to be science fiction but now they've gone mainstream and have been used to treat many common medical problems like arthritis, skin diseases and more. Today on the Body Show we'll talk with an expert about the studies done by the FDA that suggest that there might be even more reasons to consider lasers in the standard of medical care.   

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  If you have a fully-stocked medicine cabinet, some of the contents may come from India. According to government statistics, as much as 40-percent of all legal drugs consumed in the United States come from India. But there have been some safety issues—and that’s leading to a visit by a top official from Washington. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute