An ongoing investigation by the Food and Drug Administration into a possible link between epileptic seizures and the use of e-cigarettes was triggered by three cases where there would be use by Juul, Bloomberg reported today.
Bloomberg obtained communication between FDA officials in mid-October 2018 describing the three cases. The FDA found & # 39; no evidence of causality, but at least an association with Juul & # 39 ;, wrote Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA & # 39; s Center for Tobacco Products, then to Scott Gottlieb, then FDA commissioner . In an interview, Zeller said the FDA could not confirm that the use of Juul was associated with the attacks in two of the three initially reported cases, according to Bloomberg.
"We are aware of their first report that found 32 cases related to 10-year vapor products, some of which the petitioner referred to JUUL products," a Juul spokesperson said in an email statement to The edge. "Although the FDA has not approached us about this issue, we will continue to closely monitor any indications of potential safety issues and we will continue to work together as we continue to combat youth use and cigarette elimination, the leading cause of preventable death in the world."
In the coming months, the agency discovered another 32 reports of e-cigarette use related to seizures between 2010 and 2019. In April it publicly announced his research. Since then, the total number of notifications to the FDA has been associated with e-cigarette use with seizures has increased to 127. The FDA continues to investigate reports of seizures through it Portal for safety reporting.
Apart from that, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an unknown lung disease that also appears to be associated with the use of e-cigarettes. More than 190 people have the unknown disease. Last week one person died after being admitted to hospital with the disease.
Yesterday, USA today has published an article pointing the finger at marijuana vapor for the lung disease. Juul is quoted in it. "Many patients evaporated both nicotine and THC," Juul said USA today in a statement. "We must also ensure that illegal products, such as counterfeiting, copycat and products that supply controlled substances, are kept out of the market."