FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

Federal health regulators recommend states restart use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Friday recommended that states return to using the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but also hand out updated fact sheets that will warn about the rare blood clots in women that paused the vaccine’s use. Top U.S. health officials swiftly acted on the recommendation by the panel, […]

FDA approves first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for states’ rollout

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for use in the U.S., a decision that serves as the starting gun for the vaccine logistics efforts that states have been preparing for months. The vaccine approved for emergency use from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech is expected to begin shipping across […]

States move closer to vaccine rollout as federal panel gives its OK

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Thursday gave the green light to a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, completing the next-to-last regulatory step before states begin a massive national vaccination effort. The Food and Drug Administration still must give its approval on the Pfizer vaccine’s emergency use, but the agency is […]

Iowa attorney general sues Nebraska firm over stem cell claims

BY: - July 16, 2020

Attorney General Tom Miller has sued an Omaha-based stem cell therapy center, saying it has misrepresented the benefits of the procedures. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Polk County District Court, Miller alleges that Regenerative Medicine and Anti-Aging Institutes of Omaha claimed in extensive advertising and 90 events in Iowa that the therapy could reverse […]

Newly approved drug offers hope, but my fight continues

BY: - February 27, 2020

I am battling a rare and painful neurological disorder, but thanks to a new FDA-approved drug, I now have hope. My fight, however, is far from over. My name is Claire Richmond. I’m 36, I’m from Des Moines and I live with acute hepatic porphyria. Now that an FDA-approved treatment is available, my life as I know it could […]