The United States is committed to working with international partners and identifying practical ways both to increase access to safe, effective, affordable, and life-saving medicines around the world, and to support policies that drive development of new medicines.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.

Despite a significant decline in overall adult cigarette smoking since 1964, disparities in cigarette smoking remain among racial and ethnic population groups, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Nearly 1 in 5 contact lens-related eye infections reported to a federal database involved a patient who experienced eye damage, according to a report published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, praised McDonald’s for meeting its pledge ahead of schedule to stop selling chicken that has been raised on a diet of medically important antibiotics.