Food and Drug Administration News

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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

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