Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
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11/11/2011
FDA Approves First Umbilical Cord Blood Product

Hemacord stem cell product sanctioned for certain blood cancers and related disorders

11/7/2011
Judge Blocks FDA Plan for Graphic Cigarette Warnings

Images of diseased body parts are designed to be part of packaging

11/7/2011
Erbitux Approval Expanded to Include Head and Neck Cancer

Most common in men, people older than 50

11/4/2011
Buyer, Beware of Over-the-Counter Thyroid Supplements: Study

Study found wide variation in ingredients, dosages

11/4/2011
Xarelto Approved to Prevent Stroke in People With Abnormal Heartbeat

Atrial fibrillation affects more than 2 million Americans

11/4/2011
Drugs to Make You Look Beautiful -- But at What Price?

Pill to prevent gray hair might be next in 'lifestyle' drug pipeline

11/3/2011
11/2/2011
Device Approved to Remedy Abdominal Aneurysms

In people with smaller arteries

11/2/2011
MelaFind Device Approved to Detect Melanoma

A deadly form of skin cancer

10/31/2011
Exparel Approved for Post-Surgery Pain

Provides relief up to 72 hours

10/31/2011
Obama Acts to Ease U.S. Drug Shortages

Executive order signed in response to tripling of prescription drug shortages

10/31/2011
Spooky Contacts Can Be a Nightmare for Your Eyes

Infections, even blindness, may result from nonprescription contact lenses, FDA warns

10/31/2011
Experts Offer 'Lucky 13' Tips for Safe and Healthy Halloween

List includes what to wear, trick-or-treating pointers, food and drinks to avoid

10/29/2011
Experts Offer 'Lucky 13' Tips for Safe and Healthy Halloween

List includes what to wear, trick-or-treating pointers, food and drinks to avoid

10/28/2011
Spooky Contacts Can Be a Nightmare for Your Eyes

Infections, even blindness, may result from nonprescription contact lenses, FDA warns

10/27/2011
More Evidence Shows Newer Forms of 'Pill' Raise Clot Risk, FDA Says

Agency said it plans public hearing in December on safety of brands like Yaz, Yasmin

10/24/2011
Study Casts Doubt on Hot Dogs' Link to Colon Cancer

U.S. mandate to cut wieners' nitrite levels hasn't led to lowered incidence of the disease

10/24/2011
First Versions of Generic Zyprexa Approved

To treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

10/24/2011
Onfi Approved to Treat Severe Seizures

When combined with other anti-seizure medication

10/20/2011
Food Nutrition Labels Must Be Made Simpler, Experts Say

Doing so would make it easy for people to make healthy choices, IOM committee says

10/14/2011
Ferriprox Approved to Treat 'Iron Overload'

A potential problem among people who get frequent blood transfusions

10/7/2011
FDA Approves First Combo Drug for Diabetes, Cholesterol

Juvisync combines Januvia and Zocor in one pill to lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol

10/7/2011
Juvisync Approved for Type 2 Diabetics With High Cholesterol

Previously approved meds combined in one tablet

10/7/2011
Cialis Approved to Treat Enlarged Prostate

Also approved for treatment of BPH and erectile dysfunction occurring simultaneously

10/4/2011
'LeGoo' Vessel Plug Approved for Vascular Surgery

Dissolvable gel stems blood flow while joining vessels

9/30/2011
Drug Shortages Even Worse This Year: FDA

Specialty meds for cancer patients among those in short supply

9/30/2011
FDA Warns LASIK Providers: Stop Making False Claims

Agency giving practitioners 90 days to curtail inflated promises, missing safety info in ads

9/28/2011
Child Face Mask Approved to Help Prevent Spread of Germs

In hospitals and other health care settings

9/27/2011
Mixed Results Seen With 'Off-Label' Use of Antipsychotics

Non-FDA-approved use of drugs showed limited benefits and some harm in large review

9/26/2011
Newer Contraceptive Pills Could Raise Clot Risk, FDA Warns

Full assessment on brands such as Yaz, Yasmin is yet to come, agency says

9/26/2011
9/23/2011
9/22/2011
Asthma Inhaler Primatene Mist Going Off the Market

The only over-the-counter asthma medication uses propellant seen as harmful to ozone layer

9/12/2011
Public Often Unaware of a Drug's Safety Record -- Or Lack of One

Better-informed patients tend to make safer med choices, study finds

9/9/2011
FDA Advisers Call for Revised Labels for Osteoporosis Drugs

Research suggests potential health risks associated with long-term use of bisphosphonates

9/2/2011
Flu Diagnostic Kit Approved

Developed by the CDC

9/1/2011
FDA: Silicone Breast Implants to Remain on Market

Agency says it will work with manufacturers to improve monitoring of women who get the devices

8/30/2011
FDA Focuses on Silicone Breast Implant Safety Studies

Agency asking advisers to devise ways to gather better data on 'real-world' safety and performance

8/29/2011
Xalkori Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer

Therapy targets abnormal gene

8/26/2011
Extended-release Painkiller Approved

Nucynta ER sanctioned for chronic pain in adults

8/25/2011
Firazyr Approved for Rare Swelling Disease

Hereditary angiodema can cause tissue in limbs, airway to swell

8/24/2011
Botox Approved to Treat Urinary Incontinence

Among people with certain neurologic conditions

8/19/2011
Adcetris Approved to Treat Lymphomas

New treatment fights cancers of the lymphatic system

8/17/2011
New Drug Approved for Advanced Skin Cancer

Companion test also sanctioned to detect certain melanoma cells

8/16/2011
U.S. Women Using Dangerous Weight-Loss Pill 2 Years After Recall

Pai You Guo supplement contains drugs banned in U.S. for increasing stroke, cancer, heart attack risk

8/4/2011
First Treatment Solely for Scorpion Stings Approved

Poisonous arthropods found mostly in Arizona

7/29/2011
Report Urges New Review System for Medical Devices

Current program doesn't guarantee safety of products such as hip implants and pacemakers, Institute of Medicine says

7/28/2011
Report Could Tighten FDA's Oversight of Medical Devices

Manufacturers already taking issue with findings, to be released Friday by Institute of Medicine

7/21/2011
Brilinta Approved for Acute Coronary Syndromes

Blood-thinning drug helps prevent clotting

7/21/2011
FDA Approves Blood Thinner Brilinta for Heart Patients

Another option alongside Plavix, but should not be taken with higher doses of aspirin