Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
1/15/2014
FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

Officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage from accidental overdoses

1/14/2014
Merck Recalls Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet

Packaging problem could allow air, moisture to affect drug's effectiveness, company says

1/10/2014
FDA OKs 2-Drug Combo Treatment for Advanced Melanoma

In trial, Mekinist and Tafinlar together seemed to perform better than Tafinlar alone, agency says

1/10/2014
Mekinist Plus Tafinlar Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

The most deadly form of skin cancer

1/10/2014
Sealant Gel Approved for Eye Surgery

An additional option after cataract operation

1/9/2014
Dietary Supplements Can't Treat or Cure Concussions: FDA

Agency tells consumers to ignore manufacturer claims and 'walk away' from these products

1/9/2014
FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

Ignoring dosing instructions, cautions can lead to serious side effects with some of these products

1/8/2014
Farxiga Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

Along with diet and exercise

1/8/2014
Liquid Tamiflu for Kids in Short Supply

Shortage should be resolved in week; Tamiflu capsules and flu shots widely available, U.S. officials say

1/7/2014
Kids' Suicide Risk Similar for All Newer Antidepressants: Study

Children had roughly the same risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, regardless of drug they were taking

1/3/2014
E-Cigarettes: Separating Fiction From Fact

Health experts say more research needed into the devices' safety and effectiveness as a quit-smoking tool

1/2/2014
Novel Osteoporosis Drug Could Change Treatment: Study

Early results indicate romosozumab can rebuild bone

12/27/2013
Portable Bed Rails Can Pose Safety Hazard, FDA Says

Agency explains how to reduce potential for falling or being trapped

12/27/2013
FDA Warns Consumers Against Body-Building Supplement

Agency says Mass Destruction is linked to case of liver failure

12/23/2013
Tretten Approved for Genetic Clotting Disorder

Rare condition could be life threatening

12/20/2013
FDA Introduces New Food Defense Rule

Goal is to protect U.S. food supply from potential terrorist acts

12/19/2013
Stent to Treat Pancreatic Cysts Approved

For infected cysts that won't drain on their own

12/19/2013
Survey Finds Support for Banning E-Cigarette Use by Kids

86 percent of adults polled said the nicotine-delivery devices should not be sold to minors

12/18/2013
80 Percent of Cancer Docs Have Faced Drug Shortages: Survey

Many report using substitute chemo meds or delaying treatment

12/18/2013
Anoro Ellipta Approved for COPD

Drug relaxes lung airways

12/18/2013
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat COPD

Medication combines two bronchodilators, experts say

12/16/2013
Diabetes Drug Metformin Tied to Slight Weight Loss in Obese Kids

But, experts say drug isn't meant for that use, while diet and exercise have proven effective

12/16/2013
FDA Wants Tighter Rules on Antibacterial Soaps, Body Washes

Makers would have to prove they're safe and effective

12/16/2013
First Device to Treat Migraine With Aura Approved

Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator emits magnetic pulse that may ease symptoms

12/16/2013
FDA Approves New Magnet Device to Treat Migraines

User presses button to release pulse of magnetic energy that may help ease headache

12/11/2013
Generic Cymbalta Approved

A frequently prescribed antidepressant drug

12/11/2013
FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

Move should help reduce threat of antibiotic resistance in human disease, agency says

12/9/2013
Sovaldi Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

Breakthrough drug doesn't need combined interferon

12/6/2013
FDA OKs Injections to Treat Curvature of Penis

Previously, surgery was the only approved treatment for Peyronie's disease

12/6/2013
New Drug Approved for Peyronie's Disease

Xiaflex is first non-surgical treatment to get FDA approval

12/4/2013
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

12/2/2013
FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies

New powers designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients

12/2/2013
Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs May Cut Smoking Rates: Study

International project suggests these labels could keep millions of Americans away from cigarettes

11/25/2013
FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

Not all experts are happy with granting wider access to the troubled medication, however

11/25/2013
Olysio Approved as Hepatitis C Treatment

Drug blocks protein that helps virus replicate

11/25/2013
H5N1 Bird Flu Vaccine Approved

In the event of a pandemic

11/25/2013
FDA Approves New Treatment for Hepatitis C Infection

Olysio may cut down on side effects while achieving good responses in patients, experts say

11/22/2013
Nexavar Approval Expanded for Common Thyroid Cancer

When tumor stops responding to other therapy

11/21/2013
FDA Warns of Heart Risks From Stress-Test Drugs

Doctors should screen patients before using Lexiscan or Adenoscan, agency says

11/21/2013
Mercury Levels Dropping in Younger U.S. Women: Report

EPA findings suggest those of childbearing age are making safer choices with fish, shellfish

11/18/2013
Antidote Might Reverse Complication From Blood Thinner Pradaxa

In early tests, new drug allowed blood to clot again with no apparent side effects

11/15/2013
Acrylamide: An Unwelcome Part of Your Diet

FDA offers tips on how to avoid too much exposure to the chemical

11/15/2013
Many People Ignore, Miss Calorie Counts on Fast-Food Menus: Survey

Of 2,000 customers, 40 percent noticed the information and 10 percent used it

11/15/2013
11/14/2013
FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

Agency asks for labeling, packaging changes to minimize chance of infection

11/14/2013
FDA Approves Implanted Brain Stimulator for Epilepsy

The device helps reduce frequency of seizures, studies show

11/13/2013
11/11/2013
Aptiom Approved to Treat Seizures

For adults with epilepsy

11/8/2013
Generic Aciphex Approved to Treat Chronic Heartburn

Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), common condition involves backflow of stomach acid

11/8/2013
Nutritionists: FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health

They urge greater use of healthier oils, like canola oil or other vegetable oils, in food-making process