FDA Investigating Report of Baby’s Death After Consuming Abbott Baby Formula

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a new report of another child’s death after consuming Abbott Laboratories’ baby formula, the agency said Wednesday. The FDA said it learned about the death, which occurred in January, from a consumer complaint it received on June 10. The FDA said its investigation is in preliminary stages, and … Read more

Baby-Formula Shortage Expected to Persist Weeks Longer

Baby formula will remain hard to find until at least mid-July, industry executives said, despite efforts by manufacturers, the White House and regulators to ease a monthslong shortage. Abbott Laboratories, ABT -0.80% maker of Similac, the largest baby formula brand by sales in the U.S., plans to resume on Saturday production at its Sturgis, Mich., … Read more

Baby Formula Shortage Worsens, Hitting Low-Income Families Hardest

New data suggest that the U.S. baby-formula shortage is deepening, particularly hitting states in the South and the Southwest. Nationally, 23% of powdered baby formula was out of stock in the week ended May 22, compared with 21% during the previous week, according to the latest figures from market-research firm IRI. In the first week … Read more

Baby-Formula Shortage Worsened by Drop in Breast-Feeding Rates

One of the contributing factors in the U.S. baby-formula shortage is a significant shift in the way parents feed their babies: Breast-feeding declined during the pandemic, reversing a decadeslong trend, health practitioners say. Since 2020, the share of breast-fed one-year-olds has plummeted from an estimated 34% to an estimated 14% this year, according to surveys … Read more

Baby-Formula Shortage Hits Aid-Dependent Families, Prompting Revamps

A nationwide baby-formula shortage has exposed the shortcomings of a multibillion-dollar government program aimed at providing formula at no cost to families, said lawmakers and recipients, prompting efforts to revamp it. Some low-income parents who rely on the federal Women, Infants and Children program said that shortages of approved baby formula have left them paying … Read more

FDA Eases Baby-Formula Import Rules to Boost Supplies

U.S. health regulators took steps to allow more foreign baby formula on American shelves, easing rules that had effectively prevented shipments from many overseas manufacturers. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it encouraged the overseas manufacturers to apply to ship their formula to the U.S. Government officials said the moves will allow more … Read more

Baby Formula Shortage Could Leave Parents Scrambling for Months

Baby-formula manufacturers and retailers say they are working to address a long-running shortage in products on store shelves, but the hardships facing U.S. families may take months to abate. Abbott Laboratories, ABT 2.01% producer of Similac baby formula, said it is bringing products from its factory in Ireland to the U.S. as it continues talks … Read more

Abbott to Release Certain Baby Formulas Made at Troubled Michigan Plant

Abbott Laboratories will distribute supplies of certain nutritional formulas designed for people with rare metabolic diseases made at a Michigan manufacturing plant that is the subject of an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration into possible bacterial contamination. Abbott said Friday it is releasing the formula for free to patients on a case-by-case basis … Read more

Johnson & Johnson Backs Off Covid Vaccine Sales Guidance, Citing Supply Surplus

Johnson & Johnson backed off its full-year forecast of sales for its Covid-19 vaccine, citing a global surplus of doses and uncertainty over how the course of the pandemic will affect demand. The healthcare-products company said Tuesday that Covid-19 shots helped lift overall sales in its most recent quarter. Johnson & Johnson sold $457 million … Read more

Baby-Formula Shortage Prompts Rationing at Target, Kroger, Walgreens and CVS

The biggest U.S. retailers are rationing baby formula as a recall by the maker of Similac and other popular brands exacerbates already-spotty supply in much of the country. As of Tuesday, Target Corp. , Kroger Co. , CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. have limited the quantities of many baby formulas that consumers … Read more