Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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