Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

4/11/2011
1st U.S. Test to Diagnose Dengue Fever Approved

Illness more common in Latin America, Caribbean and Asia

4/8/2011
FDA OKs Rapid Test to Spot Dangerous Intestinal Infection

C. difficile is commonly acquired in hospitals

4/7/2011
Horizant Approved to Treat Restless Legs Syndrome

Possible side effects include drowsiness and dizziness

4/7/2011
Vandetanib Approved for a Rare Thyroid Cancer

Designed to extend survival in patients with late-stage disease

4/4/2011
Nerve Stimulation Device Approved to Restore Bowel Control

For people with chronic fecal incontinence

4/1/2011
FDA Panel Delays Action on Dyes Used in Foods

It calls for more research, but many parents and scientists fear link to ADHD

3/30/2011
FDA Panel Examines Possible Links Between Food Dyes, ADHD

It's the first time the agency has ever seriously looked at the issue, experts say

3/29/2011
Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary Shocks

Medtronic devices said to recognize irregular heartbeat that's life-threatening

3/25/2011
Drug Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

Yervoy fights deadly form of skin cancer, agency says

3/24/2011
U.S. Shingles Vaccine Approval Expanded

To include people in their 50s

3/15/2011
Gadavist Approved to Enhance Nervous System Imaging

A contrast agent for certain MRIs

3/11/2011
Device Approved to Continue Blood Flow During Brain Surgery

Among patients at greater risk of stroke

3/10/2011
Benlysta Approved for Lupus

Last-approved lupus drug sanctioned 56 years ago

3/10/2011
Home Genetic Tests May Need Doctor's Involvement: Report

FDA will probably make determinations on a case-by-case basis, official says

3/10/2011
FDA Approves 1st New Lupus Drug in More Than 50 Years

Patients receiving Benlysta did far better than those receiving placebo, researchers found

3/8/2011
FDA Weighs Pros, Cons of Home Genetic Testing

Agency advisers, test manufacturers convene for two-day hearing

3/2/2011
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds

Some 500 untested drugs will be removed from the market, agency said

3/1/2011
Heart Devices Not Tested Enough in Women: Study

FDA disregards its own mandate for data on women in clinical trials, researchers contend

3/1/2011
Roflumilast Approved for Form of COPD

Drug aimed at treating lung disease characterized by chronic bronchitis

2/28/2011
Edarbi Approved for High Blood Pressure

But shouldn't be taken by pregnant women

2/23/2011
Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Scientists say swift action can contain the problem, limit number of infections

2/18/2011
2/17/2011
People Who Weigh Less Now Qualify for Gastric Device

Under new approval, Lap-Band system can now be used by less obese

2/16/2011
Parents Still Giving Cough, Cold Meds to Kids Under 2: Poll

Many caregivers, doctors not heeding FDA warning about dangers of over-the-counter drugs

2/14/2011
Report Blames Speedy FDA Clearance for Medical Device Recalls

But agency notes steps have been taken to strengthen approval system

2/14/2011
Energy Drinks May Hurt Kids: Study

Children with existing health or emotional issues most at risk, researchers say

2/11/2011
Test Approved to Monitor Levels of Kidney Rejection Drug

Too much of the drug in blood may be toxic

2/11/2011
First 3-D Mammography Test Cleared

To help screen for breast cancer

2/8/2011
MRI-Friendly Pacemaker Approved

System designed to work with magnetic resonance imaging devices

2/4/2011
'Black Box' Drug Warning Labels Applied Inconsistently: Study

Uniform standards urged to help prevent consumer confusion about medication risks