American Heart Association

Public health groups ask to join tobacco regulation lawsuits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Six of the nation’s leading public health organizations on Monday filed motions asking federal courts for a say in two lawsuits brought by the e-cigarette and cigar industries against the Food and Drug Administration’s “deeming rule.”

The deeming rule, issued last year, established public health oversight […]

FDA, health groups call for better strategies to test heart drugs in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Food and Drug Administration and three major health organizations are calling for a shakeup in how drugs are developed and tested in children with heart disease and other conditions.

In a health policy statement issued Thursday, the groups said drug trials must be flexible enough […]

FDA pushes back nutrition label compliance deadline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New requirements for the nutrition facts label that appears on packaged foods and drinks was delayed Tuesday, allowing food companies more time to implement the changes.

The labels were redesigned to make it easier for consumers to see how many calories and added sugars are in […]

Trump signs spending bill that gives National Institutes of Health a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The National Institutes of Health came out on top once again with an increase in federal funding for the rest of this fiscal year, but the completed spending bill made cuts in initiatives that support prevention.

The bill, signed into law on Friday by President Trump, […]

Menu labeling off the table … for now

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Chain restaurants and retail food sellers will have another year to implement the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling requirements, after the agency extended its compliance deadline to May 7, 2018.

The rule, previously scheduled to take effect Friday, was created under the Affordable Care Act. […]

FDA expands health claim for more fruits, vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Food and Drug Administration released an interim final rule removing the low fat and positive nutrient requirements which will apply to nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables, allowing them to make a heart health claim and be eligible for food certification programs like the American […]

AHA supportive of sodium targets

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association has told the Food and Drug Administration that it is supportive of voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry, while recommending modifications that would help more people reduce their sodium intake.

The letter sent Monday applauded the FDA’s efforts to lower […]

Awareness resulting in reduced sodium in pre-packaged staples

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As awareness of health issues caused by excess sodium grows, so does the number of food giants that have stepped up efforts to lower the sodium content in their food, including many of the nation’s favorite pre-packaged staples.

Instant noodles, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and boxed […]

Califf confirmed as FDA commissioner

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Senate voted 89-4 on Wednesday to confirm Robert M. Califf, M.D., as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, ending a long and contentious confirmation process.

Califf is a globally recognized leader in cardiovascular medicine and currently serves as FDA’s deputy commissioner of medical products […]

Clinical trial results could be made public

A proposal to open the results of clinical trials to the public is an encouraging move toward transparency, but the American Heart Association President cautions that how that information is shared and how patients and clinicians are protected from mistakes should be a key part of any change.

The Department […]