FDA Must Redesign Tobacco Warnings By March 2020

Law360 (March 6, 2019, 6:40 PM EST) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize a congressionally mandated new rule to create graphic, full-color tobacco warning labels by March 2020, more than a year earlier than the deadline the agency had proposed.

After a ruling in September that the FDA had "unreasonably delayed" action to require that cigarette packs and tobacco advertisements feature graphic warning images, such as black lungs, the agency moved its estimated finish date from November 2021 to May 2021. But that proposal was inadequate, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled, saying it fell outside Congress' two-year window to...

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