Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

2/28/2012
FDA Adds Safety Warnings to Statins

But side effects, like increased blood sugar, don't outweigh the cholesterol drugs' benefits, agency says

2/27/2012
Another Batch of Birth Control Pills Recalled for Faulty Packaging

Dosing directions could limit effectiveness, lead to unintended pregnancies

2/24/2012
Children Now Eligible for Screening Test for Bacterium

Helicobacter pylori causes ulcers, gastritis, certain cancers

2/22/2012
FDA Advisers Back Weight-Loss Drug Qnexa

Drug had been previously rejected because of concerns about possible heart problems, birth defects

2/21/2012
2/21/2012
FDA Moves to Head Off Shortages of 2 Cancer Drugs

Methotrexate highly effective against childhood leukemia; Doxil treats ovarian cancer

2/21/2012
FDA Weighs Fate of Qnexa for Weight Loss, Again

Drug previously rejected because of possible heart problems, birth defects

2/20/2012
Korlym Approved for Cushing's Syndrome

Blocks effects of too much cortisol, the so-called 'stress' hormone

2/16/2012
Arsenic Might Be Found in Some Organic Foods: Study

Problem may stem from rice-based sweetener in many of these products, researchers suggest

2/14/2012
FDA Thinks Shortage of Cancer Drug for Kids Can Be Averted

Supplies of methotrexate, used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia, down to 2 weeks, doctors say

2/13/2012
2/13/2012
Higher Cancer Rate Seen in Children With Juvenile Arthritis

Researchers say fourfold increase might not be linked to treatment drugs

2/10/2012
Many Gay Men Would Support 'Home HIV Test': Study

Not yet approved for public use, it picks up AIDS virus in later stages of infection

2/8/2012
Prescription Shampoo Approved to Treat Head Lice

Sklice is sanctioned for children as young as six months

2/7/2012
Kids' Diarrhea Vaccine Appears Safe After All: Study

Risk of intestinal side effect didn't rise; children should be vaccinated, experts say

2/6/2012
Antidepressants May Not Raise Suicide Risk in Youth: Study

Despite 'black box warning' for drugs such as Prozac, no increase -- or decrease -- was found

2/2/2012
It's 'Buyer Beware' When Getting Statins Off the Internet

Safety information, side-effect warnings are often lacking, British study finds

2/2/2012
If Your Dining Partner Overeats, So May You

In study, women mimicked eating behavior of new acquaintances, matching them bite for bite