Food and Drug Administration News

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7/18/2011
FDA Unveils Flu Vaccines for 2011-12 Season

All people 6 months old and older urged to get inoculated

7/18/2011
Flu Vaccine for 2011-12 Season Approved

Protects against strains predicted to be most prevalent

7/11/2011
Boostrix Approved to Prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping Cough in Seniors

First single vaccine to prevent all 3 diseases in elderly

7/5/2011
Arcapta Inhaler Approved for COPD

Helps prevent wheezing and shortness of breath

7/1/2011
Lazanda Approved for Cancer Pain

Painkiller fentanyl produced in nasal spray form

7/1/2011
Avastin Rejection Supported by Cancer Experts

Drug's value as metastatic breast cancer treatment still unclear, they say

6/29/2011
FDA Panel Rejects Avastin for Breast Cancer

In a unanimous vote, advisors say drug not effective and has dangerous side effects

6/28/2011
FDA to Hear Appeal on Breast Cancer Drug

Agency recommended last year against Avastin for disease that has spread to other body parts

6/24/2011
FDA Urges Reduced Doses for Anemia Drugs

Can increase risk of cardiovascular problems in patients with kidney disease, agency says

6/22/2011
FDA: Breast Implants Basically Safe, But Won't Last a Lifetime

Complications will require many women to undergo additional surgery within 10 years, agency says

6/21/2011
FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs

The warnings must appear on all products, advertising by September 2012

6/20/2011
Generic Versions of Levofloxacin Approved

Antibiotic prescribed for infections of sinuses, kidneys or bladder

6/20/2011
Abuse-Resistant Oxycodone Approved

Oxecta ingredient discourages extra doses

6/20/2011
FDA to Step Up Inspections of Imported Products

Agency cites big increase in drugs, foods produced abroad

6/16/2011
Adding Folate to Tortilla Flour Might Cut Birth Defects Among Hispanics

This group has higher rate of neural tube defects than general population, experts say

6/16/2011
Smoking-Cessation Drug Chantix Linked to Heart Problems

FDA sees small but increased risk in patients taking the medicine

6/16/2011
Diabetes Drug Actos May Raise Risk for Bladder Cancer: FDA

The other drug in this class, Avandia, is already off U.S. market due to heart risks

6/16/2011
Nulojix Approved to Help Thwart Kidney Rejection

For adults who have had kidney transplant

6/14/2011
First Ceramic-on-Metal Hip Replacement Approved

For people with osteoarthritis

6/14/2011
6/14/2011
FDA Issues New Rules on Sunscreens

Label changes include curbs on certain products claiming to be 'sunblocks' and cancer-preventing

6/13/2011
Potiga Approved for Adult Epileptic Seizures

But drug may cause 'neuro-psychiatric' side effects, FDA says

6/10/2011
6/8/2011
Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug Suspended From Market

3-Nitro fed to chickens contains arsenic that can be transformed into a carcinogen: FDA

6/4/2011
Officials: U.S. Not Affected by European E. Coli Outbreak

All tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce imported from Germany and Spain being tested

5/31/2011
Solesta Gel Approved for Fecal Incontinence

A condition affecting 5.5 million Americans

5/31/2011
Dificid Approved to Treat C. diff Diarrhea

Bacterial infection commonly acquired in hospitals

5/26/2011
New Drug Extends Survival for Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer

Zytiga lengthened survival to nearly 15 months, vs. about 11 months for men on placebo, study says

5/23/2011
Incivek Approved for Hepatitis C

Among people who haven't received or responded to standard interferon

5/23/2011
Sutent Approved for Rare Pancreatic Cancer

For inoperable or spreading tumors

5/20/2011
5/20/2011
Edurant Approved To Treat AIDS Virus

In combination with other antiretroviral drugs

5/19/2011
New Test Detects Recent Infection With Toxoplasmosis

Parasite dangerous to pregnant women

5/19/2011
FDA to Pull Diabetes Drug Avandia From Pharmacy Shelves

Action comes 8 months after use of controversial medicine was restricted due to heart risks

5/16/2011
New Drug Extends Life a Bit in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Zytiga lengthened survival to 14.8 months, versus 10.9 months for men taking placebo, study says

5/16/2011
Victrelis Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

In combination with two other drugs

5/16/2011
Kids Taking ADHD Drugs at Low Risk for Heart Problems: Study

But industry-sponsored study doesn't allay fears, one expert says

5/9/2011
Popular Heartburn Meds May Boost Fracture Risk

Study sees possible link to proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium

5/6/2011
FDA OK's Test to Spot Drug-Resistant Staph

Just-approved diagnostic identifies MRSA infections

5/6/2011
FDA Sanctions Wider Use of Carotid Stent

For people with clogged neck artery

5/6/2011
Afinitor Approved for Rare Pancreatic Cancer

Extended survival in clinical studies

5/5/2011
Drugmakers to End Infant Formulas of Products With Acetaminophen

Goal is to reduce chances of overdosing on the painkiller

5/4/2011
FDA Issues Guidelines for Liquid OTC Medicines

Big part of the goal is to make sure children get products in the right doses

5/3/2011
U.S. Officials Take Aim at Questionable STD Products

Makers of preparations claiming to prevent, treat sexually transmitted infections warned by FDA, FTC

5/2/2011
Tradjenta Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

The disease's most common form

4/29/2011
Zytiga Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

FDA: Improved patient survival shown in clinical testing

4/25/2011
4/19/2011
FDA Looks to Crack Down on Misuse of Opioid Painkillers

Initial push will focus on long-acting versions of drugs such as OxyContin, morphine and methadone

4/14/2011
Device Approved to Treat Brain Aneurysm

A weakened bulge in an artery

4/13/2011
New RX for Large Brain Aneurysm

Treatment for bulge in an artery wall