Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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