Food and Drug Administration News

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6/27/2012
FDA Clears First Weight-Loss Pill in 13 Years

Belviq designed to make people feel full sooner

6/27/2012
FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Drug in More Than a Decade

Belviq targeted for adults with health problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes

6/25/2012
Glaucoma Stent Approved

Along with cataract surgery, helps reduce pressure inside eye

6/15/2012
FDA Approves Combo Shot for Meningitis, Hib in Kids

4-shot series given between 6 weeks and 18 months of age prevents potentially deadly diseases

6/15/2012
6/13/2012
Birth Control That Uses Combined Hormones Raises Heart Risk: Study

Overall odds of heart attack and stroke, however, are still low

6/11/2012
Perjeta Approved for Advanced Breast Cancer

But 'production issues' could affect drug's supply

6/4/2012
'Uncertainty' Remains Over Supply of Key Cancer Drugs

While shortage of generics has eased, more must be done to prevent future shortfalls, experts say

6/4/2012
Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Certain Breast Cancers

HER-2 positive patients survived longer on new med than those getting standard treatment, study says

5/30/2012
FDA Warns of Fake Version of ADHD Drug Adderall

Counterfeit drug lacks active ingredient; real medicine is currently in short supply

5/18/2012
Research With Dogs Points to Early Test for Arthritis

One drop of blood can predict the joint disease before symptoms appear, scientists say

5/17/2012
5/16/2012
U.S. Bests Canada, Europe in Drug Approvals

Yale research shows FDA ahead of other regulators in the approval process

5/16/2012
Study Shows MS Patients at Most Risk for Drug-Linked Brain Illness

Small number of Tysabri users develop rare but potentially fatal infection

5/14/2012
FDA Issues Multiple Sclerosis Drug Alert

Heart risks spur warning about Gilenya

5/11/2012
New Weight-Loss Drug Shows Promise in Trial

Those who took Qnexa lost more weight, even if they had other health conditions

5/11/2012
FDA Panel Gives Blessing to New Weight-Loss Drug

If agency follows suit, lorcaserin could be first such medication approved in a decade

5/10/2012
FDA Issues Warning on Controversial MS Treatment

No reliable evidence supports use of 'liberation therapy,' agency says

5/1/2012
Elelyso Approved for Gaucher Disease

People with rare disorder lack enzyme

5/1/2012
Better Ways Needed to Track Drug Safety: Report

Medicines should be monitored throughout their 'life cycles,' from approval onward

4/27/2012
Levaquin Approved to Treat or Prevent Plague

Deadly disease rare in the United States

4/27/2012
FDA Approves New Impotence Drug Stendra

It may be faster acting than some other medicines on the market, expert says

4/27/2012
Votrient Approved to Treat Cancer That Begins in Soft Tissue

Drug inhibits process that fuels tumor growth

4/27/2012
Afinitor Approval Expanded to Include Benign Kidney Tumors

Growths caused by rare genetic disease

4/23/2012
'Publication Bias' Casts Doubt on Value of Antidepressants for Autism

Studies showing ineffectiveness less likely to get published, new study finds

4/13/2012
Drug Approved to Treat High Blood Pressure

Dutoprol combines antihypertensive and diuretic

4/12/2012
Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk

Phthalates, found in soaps, lotions and food packaging, may disrupt insulin production, researchers say

4/12/2012
Baldness Drug May Cause Sexual Side Effects: FDA

A related compound is prescribed to treat enlarged prostate glands

4/11/2012
FDA Seeks to Limit Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Practice blamed by some for increase in drug-resistant germs in people

4/10/2012
Certain Birth Control Pills May Carry Higher Blood Clot Risk: FDA

Products such as Yaz or Yasmin, containing drospirenone, will get new labels, agency says

4/9/2012
Could Menthol Cigarettes Pose Even Higher Stroke Risk?

For women and whites, the odds look even worse, study finds

4/5/2012
U.S. Poultry Still Fed Banned Antibiotics: Report

Fluoroquinolones found in 8 of 12 byproduct samples tested, researchers say

4/4/2012
Better Safeguards Needed for Imported Food, Drugs: Report

U.S. needs to bolster safety systems in developing countries, prevent fraud, Institute of Medicine says

4/4/2012
More Fake Avastin Found in U.S., FDA Says

Medical practices told to stop using the counterfeit cancer drug distributed under the name Altuzan

3/30/2012
FDA Calls on Tobacco Companies to List Harmful Ingredients

Manufacturers must also back up claims that certain products are 'safer' to smoke

3/28/2012
FDA Adds More Warnings to Antidepressant's Label

Celexa dosing should not exceed 40 mg a day, agency says

3/27/2012
Omontys Approved for Anemic People With Kidney Disease

Drug designed to stimulate production of red blood cells

3/23/2012
New Device Approved for Lingering GERD

After lifestyle changes, medication fail to relieve symptoms

3/19/2012
3/19/2012
Appeals Court Backs FDA Move for Graphic Images on Cigarette Packs

Ohio decision runs counter to ruling by Washington, D.C.-based judge in February

3/14/2012
First Generic Lexapro Approved

To treat depression and general anxiety disorder

3/14/2012
New Gel Treats Precancerous Skin Condition in Days: Study

Shorter treatment time is an advantage, researcher says

3/9/2012
New Silicone Breast Implant Approved

The third such implant sanctioned in the U.S.

3/7/2012
Drug Approved to Prevent Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Surfaxin treats lung disorder that affects premature babies

3/1/2012
Two Pancreatic-Enzyme Products Approved

To aid in food digestion

3/1/2012
U.S. Will Push to Have Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

Pledge comes after judge blocked FDA mandate, calling it unconstitutional

2/29/2012
Could a Statin Lower Your Risk for Depression?

Study finds heart patients who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs less apt to be depressed

2/29/2012
Efforts to Improve Research on Kids' Drugs Paying Off: Report

But information still limited on long-term safety, efficacy, especially for infants

2/28/2012
Many Gaps in Fast-Food Nutrition Information

Calories can be hard to figure when menu items are meant to serve more than one, researchers say

2/28/2012
Autoinjector Version of MS Drug Approved

Avonex pen helps reduce pain, anxiety