David Sackler says his family isn’t to blame for the opioid crisis. In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Sackler hit back against widespread accusations that the family firm, Purdue Pharma, spurred the crisis with aggressive and misleading marketing of OxyContin.

Minnesota mom Lija Greenseid recently led a caravan to the Canadian border on a quest for insulin her daughter’s Type 1 diabetes.   Outraged by the near-doubling in cost of insulin in the US in recent years, she organized a small group of Americans to Ontario, where they…

“Don’t wait for Pig Zero,” touted the drugmaker Elanco, encouraging farmers to liberally distribute antibiotics to herds as a preventive measure that also fattens up livestock.   It’s the opposite of the message health officials want to send. The FDA prohibits the fattening…

It’s high time science bid farewell to the default male model in animal research, according to the neurologist Rebecca Shansky.   Since 2016 sex has been a required variable in NIH studies, but the bias persists, she writes in a commentary in Science.  

Women account for over half of people living with HIV worldwide. That’s not obvious from the research, which relies heavily on gay male participants. Yet there are key differences in how male and female immune systems respond to the virus—a relevant factor in efforts to…

Armed with tempting sums of cash, Juul Labs has been aggressively recruiting e-cigarette researchers in a bid to show the FDA—by 2022—that its blockbuster vape products are a “net public health good” when it comes to promoting smoking cessation, Sheila Kaplan reports.…

The first clinical trial of deep brain stimulation for drug addiction launched in Shanghai and may be heading to the US. In the past, DBS—surgical implantation of a device in the brain that can electronically stimulate specific areas—has yielded mixed results. A recent…

Before the US FDA greenlit the world’s first dengue vaccine last week, Dengvaxia made headlines for a deployment in the Philippines that led to criminal charges. After its 2016 rollout, concerns emerged that the embattled vaccine given to 100,000 Philippine children could…

The US is poised to set a measles record this year with dozens of new cases cropping up in recent weeks and more expected in the wake of Easter and Passover gatherings, The Washington Post reports. The cases, mostly among unvaccinated populations, are linked to travelers…

Ketchup has gone through a lot to get where it is today. Beyond tomatoes, it’s “a thick mixture of politics, personality, a 20th-century acceptance that food safety matters”—starting with Henry Heinz in the 20th century, writes Deborah Blum. Early ketchup products were ripe…