WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration and Juul on Wednesday agreed to put their court dispute on hold while the government continues to review the company’s electronic cigarettes.
The agreement comes a day after The FDA placed a ban on its original order to ban Juul’s products from the market, saying Juul’s request warranted “additional review.”
Juul can continue to sell its e-cigarettes in the meantime, according to the Federal Court of Justice’s file.
“With this FDA administrative stay, we continue to offer our products to adult smokers while we follow the agency’s internal review process,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
The FDA ordered Juul to withdraw its products from the market on June 23. A day later, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the government ban at the request of Jul.
According to the filing, if the FDA finally decides to lift their ban, Juul has 30 days to request another stay.
To stay in the market, companies must demonstrate that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. In practice, this means proving that adult smokers who use them are likely to quit or reduce smoking, while teens are unlikely to become dependent.
FDA regulators recently approved a handful of e-cigarettes from some of Juul’s main competitors, including RJ Reynolds and NJOY. But industry players and anti-vaping advocates have been eagerly awaiting an FDA decision on Juul’s products, which are the top-selling vape products in the US
The FDA originally said Juul’s filing left regulators with significant questions, including the chemical makeup of its vapor formulations. Juul said it submitted enough information and data to resolve any issues raised.
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