U.S. Court Grants Stay of Reynolds Menthol MDOs

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted an administrative stay of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration marketing denial order (MDO) for two R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. menthol flavored refill pods.

The order was granted as a temporary stay pending a motion to file a stay with the court by Feb. 1, 2023.

On Jan. 24, the FDA denied marketing applications for two menthol refills used in Vuse Vibe and Vuse Ciro vaporizers, which are sold in the U.S. by BAT subsidiary R.J. Reynolds. According to the agency, Reynolds’ applications presented insufficient evidence to show that the potential benefit to adult smokers outweighs the risks of youth initiation and use.

British American Tobacco said on Jan. 25 that it intended to appeal the MDO for its Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5%, the company announced in a statement.