FDA Approvals

Date Posted
Article Title
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

2/4/2009
Vectical Ointment Approved for Psoriasis

Vitamin D3 is active ingredient

2/2/2009
Kapidex Approved for Acid Reflux

A reformulated version of Prevacid

1/28/2009
Gelnique Approved for Overactive Bladder

A topical gel for treating symptoms

1/16/2009
Riastap Approved for Rare Blood Disorder

Congenital fibrinogen deficiency can cause uncontrolled bleeding

1/15/2009
Savella Approved for Fibromyalgia

Expected in pharmacies by March

1/13/2009
Diagnostic Approved to Detect C. diff

An infection commonly acquired in hospitals

12/31/2008
Nucleic Acid Test Screens for HIV

In donated blood and tissue

12/29/2008
Degarelix Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Suppresses testosterone production

12/22/2008
Zolpimist Approved for Insomnia

Oral spray contains Ambien's active ingredient

12/22/2008
Gleevec Approved for Use After Cancer Surgery

Drug first sanctioned in 2001

12/19/2008
Mozobil Boosts Stem Cells Before Bone Marrow Transplants

Could help people with certain forms of blood cancer