Food and Drug Administration News

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2/13/2013
Report Calls for Better U.S. Efforts to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

Institute of Medicine panel says international cooperation also needed to combat public health threat

2/11/2013
China's Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock May Threaten Human Health

Much higher levels of antibiotic-resistance genes found at pig farms in study

2/8/2013
Pomalyst Approved for Advanced Multiple Myeloma

After other therapies have failed

2/6/2013
FDA Issues Another Warning on Fake Version of Cancer Drug Avastin

Patients who take the product would get no benefit, agency says

2/4/2013
First Generic Version of Cancer Drug Doxil Approved

Brand-name drug is in short supply, agency noted

2/4/2013
Hoping to Ease Shortage, FDA Fast-Tracks Generic Form of Cancer Drug

Agency says new availability of doxorubicin will help people battling malignancy

2/4/2013
Beware Fake Flu Treatments, FDA Warns

May be marketed as dietary supplements, foods (such as herbal teas) and nasal sprays, agency says

2/1/2013
Ravicti Approved for Urea Cycle Disorders

Conditions inhibit ammonia removal from the body

1/30/2013
Doubling Up on Cold, Flu Remedies May Harm Liver

More than 600 prescription and over-the-counter meds contain acetaminophen, FDA experts say

1/30/2013
Drug OK'd for Deadly Genetic Condition Tied to Cholesterol

Kynamro can be used when the body can't eliminate 'bad' cholesterol, FDA says

1/28/2013
No Proof Drugs Ease Kids' Migraines: Study

And some of these meds 'are pretty nasty,' expert says

1/28/2013
Three New Drugs Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

All contain new active ingredient aimed at improving glucose control

1/28/2013
FDA Approves 3 New Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes

Nesina, Kazano and Oseni each contain a new active ingredient aimed at boosting insulin production

1/25/2013
FDA Panel Votes for Tougher Curbs on Vicodin, Other Painkillers

Debate has pitted patients in chronic pain against those fighting drug abuse

1/25/2013
Gleevec's Latest Approval is for Pediatric Cancer

Drug blocks proteins that fuel cancer-cell development

1/25/2013
1st OTC Drug Approved for Women With Overactive Bladder

Oxytrol is intended for use by those 18 and older

1/24/2013
FDA Panel Weighs Tougher Restrictions on Some Prescription Painkillers

Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected

1/23/2013
Drug Approved for Inherited Blood Disorder

Exjade removes excess iron, FDA says

1/22/2013
Many Americans Back Nicotine Restrictions in Cigarettes: Survey

FDA has power to mandate lower levels of the toxin, researchers say

1/22/2013
Botox Approved for Overactive Bladder

When people don't respond to standard treatments

1/21/2013
FDA Approves 1st Skin Patch to Combat Migraines

Zecuity treats headache and the nausea that can make it hard for some sufferers to swallow pills, experts say

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