Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

11/4/2010
Ofirmev Sanctioned for Pain and Fever

First U.S.-approved injected form of acetaminophen

11/3/2010
FDA Failing to Monitor Safety of Medical Devices: Report

Lax procedures around approvals, poor follow-up plague the agency, investigators claim

11/1/2010
Teflaro Sanctioned for Bacterial Infections

Including pneumonia and methicillin-resistant staph

11/1/2010
Afinitor Approved for Rare Genetic Disorder

Disorder causes non-cancerous brain tumors

10/28/2010
Latuda Approved for Adult Schizophrenia

Symptoms include hallucinations and delusions

10/28/2010
Sprycel Approval Expanded to Include Rare Leukemia

Drug believed to hinder proteins that encourage cancer growth

10/20/2010
FDA Calls for New Warnings on Some Prostate Cancer Drugs

Hormonal meds linked to slight increase in risk of heart disease, diabetes

10/20/2010
Pradaxa Approved to Fight Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat, Stroke

Blood thinner could be new, easier-to-manage option for patients taking warfarin, experts say

10/20/2010
Pradaxa Approved for Atrial Fibrillation

To prevent stroke in people with abnormal heart rhythm

10/19/2010
FDA Advisers Back Anemia Drugs for Kidney Patients

More research needed on optimum dose, despite stroke risk posed by drugs, panel members say

10/18/2010
Baraclude Sanctioned for Severe Liver Disease

Among people with chronic hepatitis B

10/18/2010
Botox Approved for Chronic Migraines

For people who get migraines more than 14 days per month

10/13/2010
Front of Food Labels Should Focus on Calories, Salt, Fats: Report

Experts say this info gives consumers best guidance to cut disease risk

10/13/2010
Vivitrol Approved to Prevent Opioid Relapse

Injected drug blocks brain's opioid receptors

10/8/2010
Weight-Loss Drug Meridia Pulled From U.S. Market

FDA cites product's increased risk for heart attack and stroke

9/29/2010
Infant Sleep Positioners Dangerous, U.S. Health Officials Warn

12 babies in the last 13 years suffocated in them, FDA and CPSC say in public health advisory

9/28/2010
C-Reactive Protein Levels Vary By Race: Study

Finding could influence the use of statins to prevent heart disease, researchers suggest

9/27/2010
Contraceptive Containing a Folate Approved

Designed to help prevent certain birth defects

9/23/2010
FDA Restricts Access to Avandia

Citing heart risks, agency also orders review of key research on cardiovascular impact; European regulators suspend drug's sales

9/22/2010
FDA Approves 1st Oral Drug to Reduce MS Relapses

Using pill instead of injections could boost treatment, experts say

9/22/2010
Gilenya Approved for Relapsing MS

Oral drug designed to slow progressive disability

9/22/2010
Consumer Activists Want Modified Salmon to Be Labeled

The animals grow twice as fast due to genetic engineering; FDA decision on approval isn't expected for months

9/21/2010
FDA Advisers Consider Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon

The animals grow twice as fast due to genetic engineering, but critics fear risks to health and the environment

9/20/2010
FDA Advisers Weigh Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon

The animals grow twice as fast due to genetic engineering, but critics fear risks to health and the environment

9/17/2010
Three Cardiac Resynchronization Defibrillators Approved for New Use

Only for certain heart failure patients, agency notes

9/15/2010
FDA Advisers Divided on Whether to Ban Diet Drug Meridia

Signs of heart and stroke risks prompt some panelists to call for new warnings and restricted distribution

9/15/2010
Krystexxa Approved for Gout

For adults who can't use other therapies

9/13/2010
FDA Panel to Mull Ban on Diet Drug Meridia

Withdrawal of the drug, which may raise heart risks, is an option, agency says

9/10/2010
Chemical Poisoning Treatment Approved for Children

Pralidoxime chloride sanctioned decades ago for adults

9/9/2010
FDA Sends Warning to E-Cigarette Distributors

Agency cites false claims, poor manufacturing processes

8/26/2010
Eggs Being Produced by Recall Farms Safe, if Pasteurized, Experts Say

Treated eggs can be used in products such as salad dressings, cookie dough and cake mixes

8/25/2010
Are The Eggs in Your Fridge Safe to Eat?

Experts tell you what you need to know in the wake of a massive recall