Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
11/7/2013
FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

The artificial additives are linked to heart trouble, doctors say

11/1/2013
Gazyva Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A cancer of the blood and bone marrow

10/31/2013
FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages

Interruptions can pose potentially life-threatening risks to patients

10/29/2013
Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

10/28/2013
Key Safety Questions May Linger for FDA-Expedited Drugs

Study finds medications sped to market are tested on fewer patients, with additional safety studies sometimes overdue

10/25/2013
FDA OKs New Hydrocodone Painkiller

Decision comes one day after agency moved to limit abuse of powerful pain meds

10/25/2013
Extended-Release Hydrocodone Painkiller Approved

For daily treatment of chronic pain

10/25/2013
Brain-Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer's Detection

Vizamyl is used with PET scan to screen for signs of dementia

10/25/2013
FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says

10/24/2013
Halloween Contact Lenses Can Be Horror Story for Eyes

FDA experts say users risk corneal scratches, even blindness from these products

10/23/2013
Infections From Tainted Steroids Ranged in Severity: Update

CDC study looked at meningitis, other conditions in 6 hardest-hit states

10/23/2013
10/22/2013
FDA Probes Dog Illnesses Tied to Jerky Treats

Since 2007, about 580 pets have died as a result of illnesses related to the products, experts say

10/22/2013
Flavored Cigars Gaining in Popularity With U.S. Kids: CDC

Cheaper, less regulated than cigarettes, these products may hook youth into lifelong addiction

10/14/2013
Plastics Chemicals Tied to Reproductive Woes for Both Sexes

Early studies found higher miscarriage rates in women, lowered fertility in men

10/11/2013
Take Infection Precautions When Using Nasal-Rinsing Products: FDA

Neti pots and similar devices to clear sinuses require proper cleaning, water type

10/9/2013
Cancer Drug Nexavar Tied to Pancreas Damage in 2 Patients

Pancreas shrank by up to one-third in case studies following long-term use

10/9/2013
Adempas Approved to Treat Pulmonary Hypertension

New drug works to ease high blood pressure in lung arteries

10/4/2013
FDA OKs Drug to Treat Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

Clinical trials also showed some protection against bone loss; blood clots are a risk

10/2/2013
Medicare, Medicaid To Keep Running Despite U.S. Government Shutdown

But other programs, such as disease surveillance, food and drug inspections, could be curtailed, according to contingency plans

10/1/2013
Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

But even with new study, jury's still out on safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs

10/1/2013
Brintellix Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

Depression can interfere with everyday life

9/30/2013
Medicare, Medicaid Would Keep Running If U.S. Government Shuts Down

But other programs, such as disease surveillance, food and drug inspections, could be curtailed, according to contingency plans

9/30/2013
Perjeta Approved for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Previously used for advanced disease

9/30/2013
FDA Approves First 'Pre-Surgical' Drug for Breast Cancer

Perjeta, which seems to shrink early-stage tumors, can now be used before surgery

9/23/2013
FDA Sets Rules for Smartphone Medical Apps

Agency will only regulate those that turn phones into medical devices

9/20/2013
FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

Goal is to improve patient safety, identify items for recall and prevent counterfeiting

9/20/2013
U.S. Funds New Tobacco Regulation Research Centers

14 centers across the country awarded $53 million at start

9/19/2013
FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods

50 percent of fresh fruit and 20 percent of fresh vegetables from abroad, agency says

9/16/2013
First Generic Version of Xeloda Approved

To treat colorectal or breast cancers

9/16/2013
New Device Approved for Enlarged Prostate

Helps relieve blocked urine flow

9/12/2013
Botox Approved as Temporary Treatment for Crow's Feet

Already approved for cosmetic 'frown lines'

9/11/2013
FDA Approves Botox for Crow's Feet

However, cosmetic improvement is only temporary

9/10/2013
FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers

Label warnings designed to limit use of extended-release, long-acting drugs like Oxycontin

9/10/2013
Novel Drug Shows Promise for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Perjeta might gain quick FDA approval

9/5/2013
Teens' Use of E-Cigarettes Doubles in a Year: CDC

Health officials worry the devices may cause more children to become addicted to tobacco products

9/3/2013
New Diabetes Drug Seems Safe for Heart, Study Finds

Onglyza study reflects new cautious approach to oversight of diabetes medicines, experts say

8/27/2013
Mexico Farm Tied to Stomach Bug Back in Operation

U.S. health officials still haven't identified source of more than 600 infections

8/22/2013
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers Aren't Cure-Alls, FDA Warns

Despite hype, treatment doesn't help for cancer or many other ills, and can have serious side effects

8/22/2013
Cases Reported in Stomach Bug Outbreak Top 600

Latest CDC statistics show 601 illnesses across 22 states, 40 people hospitalized

8/22/2013
New Device IDs Disease-Causing Germs

Spectrometer can identify 193 yeast and bacteria

8/19/2013
More Cases Reported in Stomach Bug Outbreak

Latest CDC statistics show 586 illnesses across 20 states, 36 people hospitalized

8/19/2013
Epilepsy Drug Warnings May Slip Through Cracks

1 in 5 neurologists unaware of updated safety risks identified by FDA, survey finds

8/16/2013
Cases in Stomach Bug Outbreak Continue to Climb

Latest CDC statistics show 576 illnesses reported in 19 states, 36 people hospitalized

8/14/2013
More Drugs Show Promise in Fighting Hepatitis C

Faldaprevir and deleobuvir are part of effort to develop treatments that avoid harsh side effects

8/13/2013
New Drug Approved to Treat HIV-1

The virus that causes AIDS

8/13/2013
Company Tied to Stomach Bug Outbreak Stops Shipments to U.S.

Salad mix from Mexico has been implicated in Iowa, Nebraska cases; source of other infections is unclear

8/9/2013
Lasers in Toys Can Cause Serious Eye Damage, FDA Warns

Although sold as playthings, they emit powerful beams

8/8/2013
Rapid Test Detects HIV-1 and HIV-2 Antibodies and HIV-1 Antigen

May help doctors diagnose AIDS-causing virus earlier

8/7/2013
Food Additive Safety Often Determined by Those With Food Industry Ties: Study

Review finds strong conflict-of-interest issues in the approval process; experts call for changes