FDA Ordered To Finish Overdue Graphics For Tobacco Labels

By Alison Noon (September 5, 2018, 8:06 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Massachusetts ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to finish designing full-color, graphic warning labels that were due seven years ago under a law mandating the ugly imagery of tobacco's health consequences be placed on cigarette packs and advertisements.

Admonishing the FDA for wasting four years "where little to no work was completed on the graphic images," U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled the agency has illegally avoided a mandatory duty imposed by Congress to give teeth to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

"The court finds that the FDA has...

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