Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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