Food and Drug Administration News

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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

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