Food and Drug Administration News

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Generic Aciphex Approved to Treat Chronic Heartburn

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

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

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

The artificial additives are linked to heart trouble, doctors say

Gazyva Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A cancer of the blood and bone marrow

FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages

Interruptions can pose potentially life-threatening risks to patients

Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

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

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

FDA OKs New Hydrocodone Painkiller

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

Extended-Release Hydrocodone Painkiller Approved

For daily treatment of chronic pain

Brain-Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer's Detection

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

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

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

Halloween Contact Lenses Can Be Horror Story for Eyes

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

Infections From Tainted Steroids Ranged in Severity: Update

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

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

Flavored Cigars Gaining in Popularity With U.S. Kids: CDC

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

Plastics Chemicals Tied to Reproductive Woes for Both Sexes

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

Take Infection Precautions When Using Nasal-Rinsing Products: FDA

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

Cancer Drug Nexavar Tied to Pancreas Damage in 2 Patients

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

Adempas Approved to Treat Pulmonary Hypertension

New drug works to ease high blood pressure in lung arteries

FDA OKs Drug to Treat Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

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

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

Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

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

Brintellix Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

Depression can interfere with everyday life

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

Perjeta Approved for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Previously used for advanced disease

FDA Approves First 'Pre-Surgical' Drug for Breast Cancer

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

FDA Sets Rules for Smartphone Medical Apps

Agency will only regulate those that turn phones into medical devices

FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

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

U.S. Funds New Tobacco Regulation Research Centers

14 centers across the country awarded $53 million at start

FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods

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

First Generic Version of Xeloda Approved

To treat colorectal or breast cancers

New Device Approved for Enlarged Prostate

Helps relieve blocked urine flow

Botox Approved as Temporary Treatment for Crow's Feet

Already approved for cosmetic 'frown lines'

FDA Approves Botox for Crow's Feet

However, cosmetic improvement is only temporary

FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers

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

Novel Drug Shows Promise for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Perjeta might gain quick FDA approval

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

New Diabetes Drug Seems Safe for Heart, Study Finds

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

Mexico Farm Tied to Stomach Bug Back in Operation

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

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

Cases Reported in Stomach Bug Outbreak Top 600

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

New Device IDs Disease-Causing Germs

Spectrometer can identify 193 yeast and bacteria

More Cases Reported in Stomach Bug Outbreak

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

Epilepsy Drug Warnings May Slip Through Cracks

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

Cases in Stomach Bug Outbreak Continue to Climb

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

More Drugs Show Promise in Fighting Hepatitis C

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

New Drug Approved to Treat HIV-1

The virus that causes AIDS

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

Lasers in Toys Can Cause Serious Eye Damage, FDA Warns

Although sold as playthings, they emit powerful beams