Food and Drug Administration News

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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

2/1/2012
Gleevec Approval Widened to Include Rare Cancer

CD117-positive gastrointestinal stromal tumors

1/31/2012
FDA OKs Drug That Targets Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis

Therapy zeroes in on defective protein, agency says

1/31/2012
Kalydeco Approved to Treat Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis

First drug to target underlying cause of chronic disease

1/30/2012
First Drug Ok'd to Combat Spreading Basal Cell Skin Cancer

Pill is intended for advanced cases or those unsuitable for surgery, radiation

1/30/2012
1/27/2012
Bydureon Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

A once-weekly injection

1/27/2012
Drug Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

Inlyta is for people who don't respond to another drug

1/20/2012
1/18/2012
Voraxaze Approved to Treat High Levels of Chemo Drug

Blood amounts can rise due to kidney failure

1/17/2012
FDA to Weigh Safety of Tobacco Lozenges, Strips

Experts fear candy-like products could put children at risk for nicotine addiction, poisoning

1/16/2012
Pediatricians Split on Heart Tests Before Kids' ADHD Meds

About 15 percent order EKGs; recent studies say drugs don't pose heart risk

1/16/2012
1/9/2012
FDA Warns of Painkiller Mix-Up at Nebraska Plant

Small chance that prescription narcotic painkillers, over-the-counter meds were mingled together

1/9/2012
Nicotine Patches, Gums Won't Help Smokers Quit Long-Term: Study

Researchers say finding underscores real-world challenges facing those looking to quit

1/4/2012
FDA Curbs Use of Certain Antibiotics in Livestock, Poultry

Move stems from fears of drug-resistant bacteria that could pose threat to humans

1/3/2012
Pneumonia Vaccine Approved for Older People

Prevnar 13 shot sanctioned for people 50 and up

12/28/2011
Avastin May Help Some With Ovarian Cancer: Studies

Survival without disease getting worse rose slightly, but benefit on overall survival remains unclear

12/21/2011
12/20/2011
Edarbyclor Approved for High Blood Pressure

Condition affects about 1 in 3 Americans

12/16/2011
New Device Approved for Children With Heart Failure

To be used until donor heart can be found

12/16/2011
FDA Seeks to Get More Women Into Trials of Medical Devices

One study found women accounted for only one-third of those in major trials

12/12/2011
FDA Panel Cites Clot Risk From Contraceptive Patch

Advisory group recommends Ortho Evra remain available, but with warning on label

12/7/2011
U.S. Health Secretary Says 'No' to Morning-After Pill for Younger Teens

FDA was ready to make Plan B available to girls under 16 without a prescription

12/7/2011
FDA Panels to Weigh Safety of Newer Forms of the 'Pill'

They will consider new warning labels about increased risk of blood clots linked to contraceptives

12/6/2011
Hormone Drugs Might Not Raise Heart-Related Deaths in Prostate Patients

But those with a history of heart disease, stroke may be at higher risk, researchers caution

12/6/2011
FDA Targets Homeopathic Weight Loss Products

Agency says there's no proof the remedies work, and associated diet may cause harm

12/1/2011
FDA Moves to Speed Development of Artificial Pancreas Systems

Agency suggests more flexible requirements for clinical trials leading to approval

12/1/2011
First Generic Lipitor Approved

Widely used statin drug helps lower bad cholesterol

11/30/2011
Arsenic Detected in Apple, Grape Juice Samples

Levels of the element exceeded safe limits established for drinking water, Consumer Reports says

11/23/2011
Merck to Pay $950M to Settle Probe of Vioxx Marketing

Controversial painkiller was pulled from the market in 2004 due to heightened heart attack, stroke risk

11/18/2011
11/16/2011
Jakafi Approved for Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

First drug in U.S. sanctioned for myelofibrosis