Food and Drug Administration News

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11/5/2012
Steroid-Meningitis Toll Now 30 Dead, 419 Sickened, CDC Says

Infections reported in 19 states; Michigan and Tennessee hit hardest

11/5/2012
Xarelto's Approval Expanded

To include people with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism

11/2/2012
FDA: More Tainted Products at Firm Tied to Meningitis Outbreak

Toll on Friday stood at 29 people dead, 404 sickened, officials report

11/1/2012
Bacteria Found in Other Products From Firm Tied to Meningitis Outbreak: FDA

Massachusetts also tightens regulation of specialty pharmacies like New England Compounding Center

10/31/2012
Company With Ties to Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy Recalls All Products

FDA finds worrisome conditions at Ameridose plant, which has same owners as New England Compounding Center

10/30/2012
Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Toll Now 28 Dead, 363 Sickened

Cases rise as investigation into compounding pharmacies implicated in the outbreak continues

10/29/2012
Second Compounding Pharmacy Shut Down in Massachusetts

As meningitis outbreak reaches 354 cases, state inspectors cite 'significant' problems at Infusion Resource facility

10/27/2012
'Greenish-Black' Contaminant in Vials of Steroid Behind Meningitis Outbreak: FDA

Officials say 25 are now dead, 338 sickened from tainted injections

10/26/2012
'Greenish-Black' Contaminant in Vials of Steroid Behind Meningitis Outbreak: FDA

Officials say 25 are now dead, 338 sickened from tainted injections

10/26/2012
Synribo Approved to Treat Rare Leukemia

If other treatments haven't stopped CML's progression

10/25/2012
Cases Linked to Fungal Meningitis Now Number 328

People in 18 states sickened; death toll remains at 24, CDC says

10/24/2012
Mass. Launches Criminal Probe of Firm Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: Report

Toll now stands at 24 dead, 317 sickened in 17 states, CDC says

10/23/2012
Mass. Launches Criminal Probe of Firm Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: Report

Count now stands at 23 dead, 308 sickened in 17 states, CDC says

10/23/2012
Doctors Warn About High Levels of Caffeine in Some Energy Drinks

Concerns follow reports that Monster beverages may have been linked to five deaths in recent years

10/23/2012
'Off-Label' Use of Meds Routine in Pediatric ICU

But not enough is known about their safety and effectiveness in children, researcher says

10/23/2012
Records Show Problems at Steroid Pharmacy as Far Back as '06

Meningitis outbreak count now stands at 23 dead, 308 sickened: CDC

10/22/2012
Fycompa Approved for Epileptic Seizures

Among people aged 12 and older

10/22/2012
Approval Expanded for Sapien Artificial Heart Valve

More people with narrowed aortic valve are now eligible

10/22/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Toll Now 23 Dead, 297 Sickened: CDC

Fungus found in steroid produced by Massachusetts pharmacy, officials reveal

10/20/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Toll Now 23 Dead, 284 Sickened: CDC

Fungus found in steroid produced by Massachusetts pharmacy, officials reveal

10/19/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Toll Now 21 Dead, 271 Sickened: CDC

Fungus found in steroid produced by Massachusetts pharmacy, officials reveal

10/18/2012
Latest Meningitis Outbreak Toll: 20 Deaths and 257 Infections, CDC Says

Fungus found in steroid produced by Massachusetts pharmacy, officials reveal

10/18/2012
Jetrea Approved to Treat Eye Condition

Symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion

10/17/2012
FDA Agents Visit Mass. Company Linked to Meningitis Outbreak

Deaths rise to 19, infections climb to 247, CDC says

10/16/2012
More Drugs Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: FDA

Fungal meningitis cases jumped to 231 on Tuesday, along with 2 cases of joint infection

10/16/2012
Tainted Steroid Injections May Affect Those Treated for Joint Pain

Knees, shoulders and hips are common targets, and infections can be dangerous, doctors say

10/15/2012
More Drugs Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: FDA

Fungal meningitis cases jumped to 231 on Tuesday, along with 2 cases of joint infection

10/14/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Tied to 15 Deaths, 205 Cases: CDC

Illnesses linked to tainted steroid injections have spread to 14 states, agency reports

10/12/2012
CDC: Meningitis Infections Now Total 185 in 12 States

Death toll linked to contaminated steroid injections remains at 14

10/12/2012
Abraxane Approved to Treat Advanced Lung Cancer

Among people who aren't candidates for surgery or radiation

10/12/2012
Official: Pharmacy Tied to Meningitis Outbreak May Have Broken State Law

More calls for greater oversight of so-called compounding pharmacies

10/11/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Throws Spotlight on 'Compounding' Pharmacies

Raises questions about cost-cutting pressure in health care and lack of oversight, experts say

10/11/2012
Meningitis Toll Now 14 Dead, 170 Sick: CDC

Company at center of the outbreak had encountered problems with tainted shots before, reports say

10/10/2012
Meningitis Toll Now 12 Dead, 137 Sick: CDC

Outbreak has spurred federal legislators to push for more oversight of 'compounding pharmacies'

10/9/2012
Meningitis Toll Now 11 Dead, 119 Sick: CDC

Up to 13,000 got steroid shots linked to the outbreak, agency says

10/8/2012
Up to 13,000 Got Steroid Shots at Center of Meningitis Outbreak: CDC

It's unclear how many are at risk for infection; death toll rises to 8, with 105 cases reported in nine states

10/7/2012
Number of Meningitis Cases Now Stands at 91, CDC Says

Search continues for patients who received injection of steroid believed contaminated with fungus

10/6/2012
Death Toll From Meningitis Outbreak Now Stands at 7, CDC Says

Officials continue to search for patients who received injection of steroid believed contaminated with fungus

10/5/2012
Officials Seeking Patients Who May Have Received Contaminated Steroid

The drug has been linked to rare form of meningitis tied to 5 deaths and at least 47 illnesses in 7 states

10/4/2012
Botox Injections: Option for Urge Incontinence?

The drug worked as well as standard pills in head-to-head study, but is not fully approved for that use

10/4/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Not Over Yet: Experts

5 dead, at least 30 sickened across U.S. by suspected contamination in steroid used for back pain

10/1/2012
HPV Vaccine Found Safe in Large Study

Fainting, skin infections most common side effects seen in girls, young women

9/28/2012
New Defibrillator Implanted Just Under the Skin

But it's still designed to correct an irregular heartbeat

9/28/2012
Humira's Approval Widened to Include Ulcerative Colitis

Disease causes inflammation in large intestine

9/28/2012
FDA Campaign Aims to Make Online Drug Purchases Safer

Goal of BeSafeRx effort is to help consumers avoid fraudulent websites

9/27/2012
Stivarga Approved for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Designed to block enzymes that encourage tumor growth

9/24/2012
Researchers Propose Plan for Managing Drug Shortages

Key components include fairness, need, transparency

9/23/2012
Health Highlights: Sept. 23, 2012

9/19/2012
Doctors Biased Against Drug Company Research, Study Finds

Disregarding high-quality studies may prevent patients from accessing better treatments

9/19/2012
FDA Warns Against Use of Diarrhea Drug From El Salvador

Ingredient in Intestinomicina linked to serious health problems, including bone marrow toxicity