FDA considers fast-tracking new products for smoking cessation – Washington Post


FDA eyes ways to help people quit smoking

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it’s considering measures to speed development of products that help people quit smoking, including easing requirements for approval of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies.

The agency said it is “reevaluating and modernizing” its approach to regulating such therapies, which are typically sold as gums, patches and lozenges. The new measures could enable e-cigarette companies to get the devices approved as medical products, which could open the possibility of being covered by health plans.

— Reuters


Schedule glitch leaves holiday pilot shortage

American Airlines is scrambling to find pilots to operate thousands of flights over the busy holiday period after experiencing a glitch in the system used to schedule crews.

A spokesman said Wednesday that American will pay overtime and use reserve pilots to avoid canceling flights. American didn’t say how many flights are affected. The pilots union said about 15,000 flights were scheduled without a captain, a co-pilot or both.

American has about 15,000 active pilots and expects to operate

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