Food and Drug Administration News

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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

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