Food and Drug Administration News

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1/21/2013
FDA Gives Nod to Botox to Treat Overactive Bladder

Injections of the drug into bladder muscle appear to ease incontinence, agency says

1/17/2013
Octaplas Approved for Blood-Clotting Disorders

Made from treated human plasma

1/17/2013
Buy Breast Pumps With Caution, FDA Says

Potentially infectious particles may linger in used models

1/17/2013
Flublok Approved to Prevent Seasonal Flu

New vaccine doesn't use flu virus or eggs, could speed up production

1/17/2013
FDA Approves New Type of Flu Vaccine

Flublok easier to produce quickly and in large quantities, agency says

1/16/2013
Just How Severe Is This Flu Season?

It may be easing already in parts of the U.S., ramping up in others, experts say

1/10/2013
FDA: Lower Ambien's Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Blood levels from nighttime dose remain too high the next morning, agency says

1/10/2013
FDA Urges Studies on Safer Formulations of Narcotic Painkillers

Agency believes changes would make these powerful drugs harder to abuse

1/4/2013
FDA Proposes New Rules to Strengthen Food Safety

Measures focus on stopping contamination at farms and in processing plants, agency says

1/3/2013
Eliquis Approved for People With Heart Rhythm Disorder

To help prevent stroke and deadly blood clots

1/2/2013
Fulyzaq Approved for Diarrhea in People With HIV/AIDS

Antiretroviral drugs can lead to diarrhea

1/2/2013
Sirturo Approved for Multi-Drug Resistant TB

Millions still contract the infectious disease each year

12/25/2012
Healthy Eating Tips for Holiday Parties

Expert says you can maintain your resolve at the buffet table

12/21/2012
Varizig Approved to Treat Chickenpox Symptoms

Within four days of exposure

12/21/2012
Flu Drug Tamiflu OK for Babies Under 1: FDA

But dose for these tots must be calibrated to their weight, agency says

12/21/2012
Tamiflu Approval Expanded to Include Infants Under Age 1

First approved in 1999 for adults with flu

12/21/2012
Gattex Approved for Short Bowel Syndrome

Provides nutrition for people with surgically removed intestine

12/21/2012
Inconsistency Seen in Safety Labeling for Generic Drugs

Although warnings are supposed to match brand-name equivalents, researchers found many variations

12/21/2012
FDA Panel Recommends Against 1st Drug for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Safety was a concern, and only some patients got relief from the treatment

12/20/2012
FDA, States Weigh Pharmacy Regulation in Wake of Meningitis Outbreak

States ask agency to play a greater role in policing specialty pharmacies, protecting patients

12/20/2012
FDA Panel Considers 1st Drug for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Only some patients got relief from the experimental treatment, experts say

12/17/2012
Signifor Approved for Cushing's Disease

In cases that cannot be treated through surgery

12/14/2012
Raxibacumab Approved for Inhalational Anthrax

Neutralizes anthrax toxins, which can kill

12/14/2012
Iclusig Approved for Rare Leukemias

Blocks proteins that spur cancer development

12/13/2012
Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix May Carry Heart Risks, FDA Warns

Smokers should talk with their doctor before taking the drug, agency says

12/13/2012
Marijuana Extract May Not Relieve MS Spasms: Review

Sativex mouth spray that contains the extract does not seem effective, research shows

12/10/2012
Zytiga's Use Expanded for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Decreases body's production of testosterone

12/10/2012
FDA OKs Expanded Use of Prostate Cancer Drug

Zytiga shows benefits for treating late-stage disease, agency says

12/6/2012
FDA Issues Warning for Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

One lot may be infected with salmonella, health officials say

12/5/2012
FDA Pulls One Generic Form of Wellbutrin Off the Market

Research found extended-release Budeprion at 300 mg dose was not equivalent to brand-name version of antidepressant

12/4/2012
'Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report

Users don't know what chemical mix they're getting or which complications can arise, experts warn

12/3/2012
Despite FDA Warning, Sports Supplements Still Available Online: Study

Safety issues remain for 16 cited products, researcher says

12/3/2012
FDA to Collaborate on Development of Medical Devices

New public-private partnership should speed approval process, agency says

11/29/2012
Cometriq Approved for Rare Thyroid Cancer

Drug designed to inhibit tumor growth

11/21/2012
Sleep Positioners Linked to Infant Suffocation: CDC

These devices endanger babies' lives and should not be used, U.S. agencies warn

11/21/2012
11/20/2012
11/20/2012
Meningitis/Steroid Toll Now 34 Dead

490 people have been sickened, CDC says

11/20/2012
Supplement Use Widespread Among Americans

But perception rather than solid evidence appears to drive demand, researchers say

11/16/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Toll Now 33 Dead, 480 Sickened, CDC Says

Lawmakers, pharmacy representatives wrangled this week in Congressional hearings

11/15/2012
Compounding Pharmacists Oppose Greater U.S. Oversight

Existing rules, basically on state level, are enough, lobbyist says; death toll tied to tainted steroids still at 32

11/15/2012
Drug-Eluting Stent Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease

Coated hollow tube props open thigh artery

11/14/2012
Owner of Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy Declines to Testify Before Congress

FDA commissioner asks for more authority over specialty pharmacies like one linked to tainted injections

11/13/2012
Congress to Open Hearings Into Steroid/Meningitis Outbreak

32 deaths, 438 illnesses linked to contaminated drug, CDC says

11/13/2012
'Micro-Stents' May Hold Potential to Treat Glaucoma

Devices appear to reduce pressure in the eye, studies find

11/12/2012
Steroid Shots for Sciatica: Benefits Only Brief, Analysis Finds

Patients should discuss risks with their doctor, researcher says

11/9/2012
Steroid-Meningitis Toll Now 32 Dead, 438 Sickened, CDC Says

Infections still limited to 19 states, with Michigan and Tennessee hit hardest

11/8/2012
Steroid-Meningitis Toll Now 31 Dead, 424 Sickened, CDC Says

Infections reported in 19 states; Michigan and Tennessee hit hardest

11/7/2012
Report Details Start of Steroid Meningitis Outbreak

More federal oversight needed to prevent repeat occurrences, expert says

11/7/2012
Xeljanz Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

For people who can't take methotrexate