FDA Approvals

Date Posted
Article Title
5/7/2009
Avastin Gets New Approval for Brain Cancer

Of the type affecting Senator Kennedy

5/7/2009
Fanapt Sanctioned for Schizophrenia

But FDA warns against off-label use

5/6/2009
Cycloset Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

Helps control blood sugar via the brain

4/30/2009
Dysport, a Botox Competitor, Approved

Derived from botulinum toxin

4/24/2009
4/10/2009
Benzyl Alcohol Lotion Approved for Head Lice

In people 6 months and older

4/8/2009
Coartem Approved to Treat Malaria

U.S. travelers to stricken areas are at risk of infection

4/8/2009
Rapid Test to Detect Bird Flu in People Approved

Results available in less than 40 minutes

3/31/2009
Vaccine Approved for Japanese Encephalitis

Mosquito-borne virus strikes mostly in Asia

3/30/2009
Afinitor Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

When cancer progresses despite other treatments

3/23/2009
Symbyax Approved for Treatment-Resistant Depression

For people who don't respond to other antidepressants

3/20/2009
Lexapro Approved for Adolescent Depression

For people aged 12 to 17 with major depressive disorder

3/13/2009
First DNA Tests for HPV Approved

The virus associated with most cases of cervical cancer

3/11/2009
Second-Generation Female Condom Approved

Protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease

3/9/2009
Device Approved for Child Heart Operations

Helps minimize scarring after surgery

2/26/2009
Solostar Injection Pen Approved for Diabetes

Prefilled with Apidra, a rapid-acting insulin

2/19/2009
Implanted Device Approved for Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Reclaim device delivers electrical stimulation to the brain

2/16/2009
Uloric Approved for Gout

The first new treatment option in 40 years

2/9/2009
1st Drug From Genetically Altered Animals Approved

ATryn sanctioned for rare genetic blood disorder

2/6/2009
First Ablation Catheters Approved for Atrial Fibrillation

Designed to treat irregular heartbeat when medication doesn't work