by: angela garrity
The Morning Call is reporting that a federal judge ordered the FDA to speed up its review of thousands of vaping products on the market. The move sides with public health groups who sued the agency last year over allegations that the FDA evaded its legal duty when it extended reviewing all US vaping products. The group say that the lack of regulation has led to the youth vaping epidemic, hooking American teens on nicotine dependence.
Public Health groups that consist of American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other groups stated, “It is now the FDA's responsibility to take immediate action to protect our kids and require manufacturers to apply to the FDA if they want to keep their products on the market.”
U.S. Judge Paul Grimm agreed with the Public Health groups, calling the FDA's delay "so extreme as to amount to an abdication of its statutory responsibilities."
Judge Grimm is calling for both sides, the Public Health Group and the FDA to remit plans to move forward with product reviews within 30 days.
An FDA spokesman could not immediately provide comment Wednesday evening. The agency will have the option of appealing the decision.
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