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The ruling by a U.S. federal judge to revoke longstanding U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the abortion pill mifepristone poses threats to U.S. government regulatory authority that could go far beyond one drug, The New York Times explains. The decision by a Texas judge appears to be the first time a court has moved toward ordering removal of an approved drug from the market over the objection of the F.D.A. The initial ruling could open the door to lawsuits to contest approvals or regulatory decisions related to other medications. If upheld, the decision would shake the very framework of the pharmaceutical industry’s reliance on the FDA pathways for developing new drugs.


People who are taking drugs such as Ozempic to slim down were once the most reliable customers for the weight-loss industry, but are now sparking an existential crisis for these businesses, The Wall Street Journal writes. The weight-loss industry rang up $76 billion in sales in 2022 from weight-loss and medical programs, diet soda and low-calorie frozen food, gym memberships, and other categories. Some big players, such as WeightWatchers, are embracing the drugs, while others are positioning their diet and exercise programs as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals. Some are noting side effects such as nausea and diarrhea and the prospect of taking the pill long term to keep off weight.

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