Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
3/19/2010
High-Dose Zocor Boosts Muscle Injury Risk: FDA

People taking the cholesterol-lowering drug should consult their doctor if problems arise, the agency says

3/19/2010
With Faulty Food Labeling, Who's Minding the Store?

Recent charges of misleading ingredient, calorie count info have FDA scrambling to fix system

3/18/2010
Carbaglu Approved for Rare Genetic Disorder

Causes elevated ammonia in blood

3/18/2010
FDA Toughens Rules on Tobacco Sales to Kids

Move includes near-elimination of cigarette vending machines, restrictions on advertising

3/17/2010
Implanted Hearing System Approved

To treat senorineural hearing loss

3/16/2010
FDA Approved Diabetes Drug Despite Hints at Cancer Risk

Rat studies suggest Victoza could spur rare thyroid tumor, but experts say effects in humans are unclear

3/12/2010
Plavix Less Effective in Some Patients

FDA calls for 'black box' warning to alert those who don't metabolize drug well

3/12/2010
Pelvic Artery Stent Approved

Props open vessel that supplies blood to the legs

3/9/2010
Botox Approved for Spasticity in Stroke Victims

A common aftereffect of stroke

3/5/2010
More Info Needed on Problems With Insulin Pumps

Not clear if troubles stem from the devices or patient error, FDA panel says

3/5/2010
Salmonella Scare Prompts Wide Product Recall

FDA spots bacteria in common food additive; no illnesses yet reported

3/4/2010
Heartburn Drug Kapidex Renamed to Dexilant

FDA approves name change to avoid confusion with other drugs

3/2/2010
Generic Flomax Approved for Enlarged Prostate

A common condition in older men

2/26/2010
2/24/2010
Successor to Combination Pneumococcal Vaccine Approved

Prevnar 13 offers broader protection against a host of bacterial diseases

2/24/2010
2/23/2010
FDA: No Decision on Whether to Pull Diabetes Drug Avandia Off the Market

Controversial medicine raises users' heart risk, leaked files suggest, but agency still reviewing data

2/22/2010
2/22/2010
Pediatricians Want Redesign of Hot Dogs, Candy to Curb Kids' Choking

New AAP policy also pushes for warning labels on packaging of high-risk foods

2/19/2010
Rituxan Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A cancer of the blood and bone marrow

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