Food and Drug Administration News

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4/22/2014
Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

Ativan, Valium both good options for emergency treatment, experts say

4/21/2014
Cyramza Approved for Stomach Cancer

Disease kills more than 10,000 people annually

4/18/2014
Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy

Tablet placed under the tongue

4/17/2014
Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

New CDC report finds certain contaminants, such as Vibrio and E. coli, on the rise

4/17/2014
FDA Approves Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pill

Ragwitek helps the body immunize itself against the offending plant

4/17/2014
Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

Children need inclusion in clinical trials to ensure safety, effectiveness, researchers say

4/16/2014
Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

The 17-day treatment prevented blood vessel clogging that could threaten reconnection, surgeons say

4/15/2014
Tanzeum Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

Along with diet and exercise

4/15/2014
FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

Tanzeum is injected once a week and appears to help control blood sugar levels, agency says

4/3/2014
FDA OKs Quick-Acting Antidote for Prescription Painkiller Overdose

Evzio is part of efforts to stem health risks from abuse of drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

4/2/2014
Under-the-Tongue Tablet Approved for Grass Allergies

To be started 4 months before allergy season

4/2/2014
FDA Approves Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pill

Oralair cuts symptoms linked to pollens of certain grasses

3/31/2014
Long-Acting Clotting Agent Approved for Form of Hemophilia

Alprolix requires less frequent injections

3/31/2014
Topamax Approval for Migraines Expanded to Younger Users

Adolescents ages 12-17 can now take the drug, FDA says

3/26/2014
Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer

Ceritinib might become standard when crizotinib fails, researchers say

3/23/2014
College Women: Have a Healthy Spring Break

FDA has tips on sun safety, medication, staying hydrated and more

3/21/2014
Otezla Approved for Psoriatic Arthritis

Condition affects some with psoriasis

3/20/2014
Implanted Hearing Device Approved

For common type of hearing loss

3/20/2014
Impavido Approved to Treat Tropical Parasitic Disease

Americans typically contract it while traveling

3/13/2014
FDA Panel Recommends HPV Test As Replacement for Pap Smear

Experts voted 13-0 that Roche's test was safe and effective as first step in cervical cancer screening

3/12/2014
Experimental Drug May Boost Leukemia Survival, Without Chemo

Idelalisib is being fast-tracked for FDA approval for use in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

3/12/2014
First Device Approved to Prevent Migraines

Headband-like unit stimulates nerve associated with painful headaches

3/11/2014
FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraines

Wearable headband uses electrodes to stimulate nerve tied to the headaches

3/7/2014
Pfizer Recalls Some Antidepressants After Drug Mixup

Action taken after pharmacist found a heart drug among Effexor/Venlafaxine, FDA says

3/4/2014
Some U.S. Clinical Trials May Fall Into Federal Regulation 'Gap'

For these studies, patient safety might be covered by states, other entities, experts say

3/2/2014
Eye-Catching Labels Urged for Fast-Tracked Antibiotics

Letter to Congress from medical groups focuses on 'superbug' threat

2/27/2014
Study Questions FDA Warning Against CT Scans for Those With Heart Devices

It found no harm to patients with devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, but agency still concerned

2/27/2014
FDA's New Food Labels Would Focus on Calories, Sugar Content

Another goal: give consumers a better understanding of realistic serving sizes

2/26/2014
Study Sees No Evidence Linking Diabetes Drugs With Pancreatic Cancer

But FDA assessment calls for further look at injectable type-2 treatments

2/26/2014
Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller

One dose of Zohydro could kill a child, say coalition of consumer advocates, addiction specialists

2/25/2014
FDA Explores '3-Person' Embryo Fertilization

Meant to prevent genetic diseases in children, the procedure raises ethical issues

2/25/2014
Myalept Approved for Rare Fat Tissue Disorder

Drug is meant for people with deficiency of the hormone leptin

2/24/2014
FDA To Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers

More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals

2/19/2014
Northera Approved For Rare Blood Pressure Condition

Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension is most often tied to Parkinson's disease

2/17/2014
2/12/2014
Imbruvica Approval Expanded to Include Chronic Leukemia

Drug inhibits enzyme that spurs cancer growth

2/11/2014
FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen

Some studies had suggested naproxen (Aleve) might pose less of a threat than other painkillers

2/11/2014
FDA to Investigate Diabetes Drug Saxagliptin for Possible Heart Failure Risk

Marketed as Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR, drug appears to have no effect on heart attack or stroke risk

2/10/2014
2/10/2014
FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by Painkillers

Studies suggest naproxen (Aleve) may pose less of a threat

2/5/2014
There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot

Younger adults seem at risk this year, FDA says

2/4/2014
Blood Sugar Monitoring System Approved for Children

However, device didn't perform as well in kids as in adults, FDA says

2/3/2014
FDA Will Review Safety of Testosterone Therapy

Agency pointed to recent studies citing possible heightened heart risk tied to the treatments

1/31/2014
Hetlioz Approved for Sleep Disorder in Blind People

Condition stems from inability to govern sleep from light-dark cycle

1/24/2014
FDA Wants to Update Food Labels

Goal is a better informed public

1/21/2014
FDA Approval Process Comes Under Scrutiny in Studies

Drugs face inconsistent standards, heart device upgrades may not undergo clinical trials, researchers say

1/17/2014
New Test Helps Diagnose Intellectual Disability in Children

Scan tracks entire genome from a blood sample

1/17/2014
Americans Eating Better, Cutting Calories: USDA

Report also shows consumers using nutrition labels more, dining out less

1/17/2014
Truck Drivers Top List of Overweight Workers

Survey of Washington state residents also found salespeople, office workers prone to weight gain

1/16/2014
FDA Warns of Fires From Wart Removers

Don't use flammable products near candles, hair appliances, agency says