Food and Drug Administration News

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9/18/2012
First Ultrasound to Spot Cancer in Dense Breasts Approved

Mammography will help doctors decide which women should get new screen

9/18/2012
FDA OKs First Ultrasound Imaging System for Dense Breasts

Used in tandem with mammography, it should help spot tough-to-see tumors, agency says

9/18/2012
BPA in Food Packaging Tied to Child Obesity: Study

However, it's not proven that the chemical causes increased weight

9/18/2012
New Drug Might Help Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Maker-funded studies found reduction in symptoms such as abdominal pain

9/14/2012
Topical Products for Muscle, Joint Pain May Cause Burns: FDA

Seek medical attention if you experience burning pain or blistering, agency says

9/13/2012
Aubagio Approved for Multiple Sclerosis

But label warns of possible liver problems, birth defects

9/12/2012
Newly Approved Imaging Agent Helps Find Prostate Cancer

But not replacement for actual tissue testing, FDA says

9/5/2012
Bosulif Approved for Rare Leukemia

Primarily caused by genetic mutation

8/31/2012
Xtandi Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Drug increased survival time for patients who'd failed hormone-based treatments

8/31/2012
FDA OKs Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Xtandi extended overall survival by about 5 months compared to placebo

8/30/2012
New Drug Approved for Irritable Bowel, Chronic Constipation

Linzess sanctioned for cases that don't respond to conventional treatment

8/30/2012
New Drug Approved for Lack of Certain White Blood Cells

A condition affecting some chemotherapy patients

8/28/2012
Once-Daily Pill Approved to Treat HIV

Stribild, combination therapy, interferes with AIDS virus' ability to multiply

8/28/2012
FDA Approves New Once-a-Day HIV Pill

Stribild combines four AIDS-fighting medicines, agency says

8/27/2012
Stopping Controversial Asthma Drugs Could Have Downside: Study

Findings differ from FDA caution on combination therapies

8/24/2012
U.S. Appeals Court Backs Ruling Against Graphic Images on Cigarette Packs

Decision finds requirement would violate free speech; makes Supreme Court decision likely

8/23/2012
FDA Cites Possible Source of Cantaloupe-Salmonella Outbreak

Consumers urged to throw away melons from Indiana-based Chamberlain Farms

8/22/2012
Tainted Tattoo Ink Led to Skin Infection Outbreak

Premixed 'gray wash' product found as culprit has been discontinued

8/21/2012
Health Tip: When Children Develop Hearing Loss

Here are common warning signs

8/17/2012
FDA Approves Generic Versions of Actos

Diabetes drug helps control blood sugar in adults with type 2 disease

8/15/2012
Three Kids Dead From Codeine After Surgery: FDA

Youngsters who metabolize the pain killer faster than usual are at risk, experts warn

8/14/2012
Flu Season's Vaccine Approved

Two of three strains weren't in last season's vaccine

8/14/2012
FDA Approves Flu Vaccine for Coming Season

Two of the three strains picked weren't in last year's shot, experts note

8/10/2012
Lucentis Approved for Diabetic Macular Edema

Leading cause of diabetic blindness

8/10/2012
FDA Gives Nod to First Drug for Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic macular edema can blur vision, has only one other treatment option

8/9/2012
Marqibo Approved for Rare Leukemia

Sanctioned as an orphan drug

8/8/2012
Patients Often Kept in Dark About 'Off-Label' Drug Use: Study

Docs commonly prescribe meds in ways that are not FDA-approved, researchers say

8/8/2012
New Pill Might Relieve Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

Studies suggest drug works but may have serious side effects

8/3/2012
8/3/2012
Zaltrap Approved for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Among people whose cancer has spread

8/2/2012
Smokers Drop Pricey Cigarettes for Cheaper Alternatives: CDC

Other tobacco products allow industry to work around tax hikes, labeling regs, study authors say

7/24/2012
Tudorza Pressair Approved for COPD

Inhaler treats narrowed lung airways

7/21/2012
Beware of the Potato Salad: Preventing Foodborne Illness in Summer

In warm weather, bacteria multiple quickly, food safety experts warn

7/20/2012
FDA Gives Nod to New Breast Cancer Drug

Afinitor can be used by postmenopausal women with specific type of advanced tumor

7/20/2012
Afinitor Approved for Advanced Breast Cancer

Among certain postmenopausal women

7/20/2012
Kyprolis Approved for Multiple Myeloma

In people who have had other therapies

7/19/2012
2 New Weight-Loss Drugs Won't Reverse U.S. Obesity Crisis

Proper nutrition, exercise are key factors that must be part of any diet plan, health experts say

7/18/2012
Another New Weight-Loss Drug Approved

Qsymia sanctioned for obese or overweight people with chronic condition

7/18/2012
FDA Approves 2nd New Weight-Loss Drug

Qsymia joins Belviq as first diet medications approved in 13 years; experts still counsel healthy lifestyle as best option

7/17/2012
FDA Bans BPA From Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Move comes after industry request for 'clarification,' but consumer advocates say it's not enough

7/17/2012
7/17/2012
First Drug Approved to Lower Risk of Acquiring HIV

Truvada sanctioned for uninfected adults at higher risk

7/10/2012
Nutrient Drink Might Boost Memory in Early Alzheimer's: Study

But mixture wouldn't have to meet same strict FDA approval as drugs, expert says

7/9/2012
New Test Helps Evaluate Cancer Drug's Merit

Erbitux is designed for people with colon cancer

7/9/2012
Major Medical Groups Back Sweeteners as Diet Aid

Top heart and diabetes organizations endorse their use -- with a caveat on 'compensating' with high-calorie foods

7/5/2012
Test Approved to Help Treat Common Infection in Transplant Patients

CMV preys on people with weaker immune systems

7/3/2012
FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

Experts say it could reduce the number of Americans who are unaware of their HIV status

7/3/2012
First Over-the-Counter HIV Test Approved

Results can be obtained within 40 minutes

6/29/2012
Few Patients Should Get Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, FDA Panel Says

Controversial devices can shed metal particles; patients who have them need regular monitoring

6/28/2012
Myrbetriq Approved for Overactive Bladder

Some 33 million Americans have the condition