Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

2/4/2011
Drug Approved to Help Prevent Preterm Birth

Makena for women at risk of delivering early

2/1/2011
More Evidence Cancer Drug Avastin May Cause Harm

Increased risk of death seen in review of 16 trials

1/31/2011
New Oral Drugs Hailed for Treating MS

Next step, experts say, is to find ways to repair damage done by the disease

1/26/2011
FDA Panel Recommends Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators

Recalls, failure to fix problems spurred agency to ask for more oversight

1/25/2011
1/24/2011
Viibryd Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

When symptoms of depression interfere with daily life

1/18/2011
Natroba Approved for Head Lice

For people 4 years and older

1/18/2011
Stents Show Promise in Treating Brain Blockages

For certain stroke patients, experimental stenting opened clogged artery, study finds

1/13/2011
FDA Lowers Amount of Acetaminophen Allowed in Prescription Painkillers

Agency officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage

1/10/2011
Abstral Approved for Adults With Cancer Pain

Opioid drug to be distributed via program to deter misuse

1/5/2011
FDA Launches Review of Tobacco Products

New, changed items can be no more harmful than products already on market

1/4/2011
Obama to Sign Bill to Improve U.S. Food Safety

Measure gives FDA new powers to protect public

1/2/2011
U.S. Health Care Reform Tops Health News for 2010

Food safety reform and the flu epidemic that fizzled also made headlines this year

12/22/2010
U.S. Food-Safety Laws Overhauled

Bill awaiting Obama's signature would give FDA new powers to protect public

12/21/2010
Device Approved for Dangerous Vessel Bulge

Endurant stent graft treats aneurysm in abdominal aorta

12/17/2010
12/16/2010
FDA Advises Against Avastin as Treatment for Breast Cancer

But patients won't be affected for now, FDA says

12/16/2010
U.S. Spending Millions to See if Herbs Truly Work

Research aims to remove the mystery around popular dietary supplements

12/16/2010
FDA Panel Calls for Safety Review of Mercury in Dental Fillings

Committee notes new research that might point to potential problems

12/15/2010
'Tainted' Supplement Makers May Face Prosecution: FDA

Move follows reports of injuries or death from synthetic steroids, other products

12/14/2010
Once-Daily Dose Approved for Prezista

Anti-HIV drug sanctioned in combination with ritonavir

12/10/2010
FDA Weighs In as Sharing of Breast Milk Booms

Opinions vary on benefits and risks of milk banks and Web-based outlets

12/9/2010
Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Linked With Heart Risks in Older Women

Study finds long-term use of aromatase inhibitors could up the odds slightly

12/2/2010
FDA Panel Votes Against Drugs Said to Prevent Prostate Cancer

Experts were concerned about rare risk of aggressive tumors in patients using the meds

11/25/2010
Fresh Seafood Shouldn't Smell Fishy, Food Science Expert Says

Following tips for buying, storing fish and shellfish can keep your meal safe and delicious

11/24/2010
Axiron Approved as First Underarm Testosterone Drug

For men with symptoms of hormone deficiency

11/19/2010
FDA Pulls Darvon and Companion Drug Due to Heart Risks

Main ingredient propoxyphene can cause dangerous irregular heartbeat, agency says

11/19/2010
Xgeva Approved to Prevent Fractures in Bone Cancer Patients

Blocks protein that destroys bone cells

11/18/2010
FDA Advisers Renew Review on Whether to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Opponents say cool, minty taste masks harsh chemicals, lures kids, minorities to take up smoking

11/17/2010
Despite FDA Warning, Avandia Use Varies Across U.S.

Diabetes drug offers case study that some doctors don't get or heed alerts, study says

11/17/2010
FDA Cracks Down on Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks

Products, which are popular with children and young adults, are unsafe, agency says

11/17/2010
FDA Advisers Endorse New Lupus Drug

If approved by agency, Benlysta would be first new drug to treat the disease in 50 years

11/15/2010
Halaven Approved for Late-Stage Breast Cancer

Injected therapy believed to stifle cancer cell growth

11/15/2010
Vyvanse Approved for Adolescent ADHD

Previously sanctioned for ADHD in adults and children

11/11/2010
Egrifta Approved for HIV-Related Fat Deposits

Lipodystrophy can lead to excess fat near internal organs

11/10/2010
FDA Proposes Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs

Images would include emaciated lung cancer patients and a dead body in a morgue

11/5/2010
Kombiglyze XR Approved for Adult Type 2 Diabetes

For once-daily blood sugar control

11/5/2010
Cymbalta Approved for Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain

First approved as anti-depressant in 2004