The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 10 issued a marketing denial order (MDO) for Myblu Menthol 2.4 percent, an e-cigarette product made by Fontem US. The order prohibits the company from marketing or distributing this product in the United States.
“Thorough scientific review of tobacco applications is a key pillar under FDA’s role to protect the public from the dangers of tobacco use,” said Matthew Farrelly, director of the Office of Science within the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “This application lacked the scientific evidence needed to demonstrate that the product provided a net benefit to the public health that outweighs the known risks.”
Among other shortcomings, the application presented insufficient scientific evidence to show that the menthol-flavored e-cigarette products provided an added benefit for adults who smoke relative to tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, according to the FDA.
Fontem US may resubmit a new application to address the deficiencies for the product subject to this MDO.
To date, the FDA has authorized 23 tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products and devices. Last year, the FDA issued MDOs to Fontem US for several other Myblu products, which are the subject of ongoing litigation.