Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
2/18/2010
FDA Issues Warning on Key Asthma Drugs

Advair, Foradil, Serevent and Symbicort should not be used alone due to safety concerns

2/16/2010
FDA Tightens Controls on Anemia Drugs

Procrit, similar medicines have been tied to strokes, tumor progression in cancer patients, agency says

2/11/2010
2/9/2010
2/9/2010
Tanning Bed Regulation Heats Up

FDA, lawmakers want to limit UV ray exposure, improve warning labels

2/3/2010
Xiaflex Approved for Rare Hand Condition

Dupuytren's contracture limits finger use

2/1/2010
Obama Proposes $911 Billion for Health and Human Services

Highlights include efforts to improve food safety, expand child care and boost research

2/1/2010
Approval Expanded for Breast Cancer Drug Tykerb

To include certain postmenopausal women who need hormone therapy

1/29/2010
Fake Drugs Bought on the Web Pose Big Health Risks

2.5 million men in Europe alone may have taken counterfeit Viagra, study says

1/26/2010
Victoza Sanctioned for Type 2 Diabetes

But it may cause thyroid tumors and other side effects, FDA says

1/26/2010
Morphine Sulfate Solution Approved

For acute and chronic pain

1/25/2010
Heart Valve Implanted Via Catheter Approved

Inserted by way of a tube in a leg vein and guided up to the heart

1/22/2010
Ampyra Approved for Adults With MS

Helps those who have trouble walking

1/21/2010
FDA Warns of Heart Risks With Diet Drug

Meridia shouldn't be used by those with history of heart problems, agency says

1/20/2010
Heart-Assist System Approved for Severe Heart Failure

Among people who aren't candidates for heart transplant

1/15/2010
Tylenol Recall Expands to Include Other OTC Meds

FDA criticizes manufacturer for slow reaction to consumer complaints

1/12/2010
Report Card on Tobacco Control Laws a Mixed Bag

Federal government took big steps to stem smoking, while most states fell short

1/11/2010
Actemra Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

For people who haven't responded to other RA drugs

1/7/2010
Calorie Counts on Food Labeling Often Off

Restaurant, packaged foods often have more calories than stated, researchers say

1/1/2010
Health Care Reform, Swine Flu Top Health News for 2009

Furor over cancer screening changes and lifting of embryonic stem cell ban also grabbed headlines

12/29/2009
Study Questions FDA Approvals of Cardiac Devices

Review suggests evaluations are not as stringent as with new medications

12/24/2009
Flu Vaccine for Seniors Approved

A high-dose shot for people 65 and older

12/18/2009
Spiriva Inhaler Approved To Reduce Flares of COPD

Including chronic bronchitis and emphysema

12/16/2009
12/15/2009
Patients With Pacemakers Should Avoid MRI Scans

Study examines potential for injury when doctors decide benefits of imaging outweigh the risks

12/14/2009
Long-Acting Zyprexa Approved

To treat adult schizophrenia

12/10/2009
New Additive Aids Blood Platelet Storage

InterSol approved for keeping platelets up to 5 days

12/4/2009
Makers of Powerful Painkillers Present Safety Plans

Move a response to pressure from federal regulators to crack down on abuse of opioid medications

12/3/2009
12/2/2009
Zegerid OTC Approved for Frequent Heartburn

In original prescription formula

11/23/2009
Vioxx Problems Known Years Before Recall

Study points up weaknesses of drug approval process in United States, researcher says

11/17/2009
Heartburn Drugs Can Thwart Popular Blood Thinner

Combination can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, U.S. officials say

11/17/2009
Qutenza Approved for Post-Shingles Nerve Pain

Active ingredient is found in chili peppers

11/16/2009
Lysteda Approved for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Designed to help blood to clot

11/13/2009
Another Swine Flu Vaccine Approved for Children

CSL's shot now for ages 6 months and older

11/13/2009
Web Giants Urge FDA to Update Ad Guidelines

Google and Yahoo join forces with drug makers at Internet marketing hearing

11/13/2009
FDA Questions Safety of Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks

Companies asked to show proof of safety and lawfulness of selling such beverages

11/11/2009
Trial Data on Anti-Seizure Drug Might Have Been Manipulated: Report

Study found outcome measures differed between company documents, published reports

11/6/2009
Istodax Approved for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

It's a disfiguring cancer affecting the skin

11/4/2009
FDA Initiative Seeks to Reduce Accidental Overdoses

The program will enlist health-care workers, drug makers, consumers, patients

11/3/2009
FDA Issues Warning for Diabetes Drug

Reports of kidney problems for those using Byetta prompted action

10/27/2009
Arzerra Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Affects some 16,000 people annually

10/26/2009
Sebelius: There Will Be Swine Flu Vaccine for All Who Want It

But the HHS secretary admits that delays are limiting supplies so far

10/25/2009
Obama Declares Swine Flu a National Emergency

Action allows hospitals to better handle large numbers of patients as outbreak spreads

10/23/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Still in Short Supply

Goal of 40 million doses by end of October won't be met, CDC says

10/20/2009
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Approved for Children

Fluarix sanctioned for kids aged 3 to 17

10/20/2009
Votrient Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

Designed to thwart blood vessel growth in tumors

10/19/2009
10/19/2009
Minnesota Pig Infected With H1N1 Flu

Federal officials say there's no danger in eating pork products

10/19/2009
Micardis Given Wider Approval

For cardiac patients who can't take an ACE inhibitor