Food and Drug Administration News

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6/28/2010
Combo Vaccine Raises Risk of Fever-Related Seizures in Kids

MMR, varicella vaccines given separately seem safer, though real risk still rare, study finds

6/28/2010
Diabetes Drug Avandia Ups Heart Risk, Reviews Conclude

Two studies published in advance of FDA hearing on drug's fate

6/25/2010
Rapid Test to Detect Hepatitis C Approved

OraQuick HCV can detect viral antibodies in about 20 minutes

6/24/2010
Dulera Inhaler Approved for Asthma

For people 12 and older

6/21/2010
Newly Approved HIV Test Can Spot Infection Earlier

Detects both HIV antigen and antibodies

6/18/2010
FDA Panel Votes Against Approval of 'Female Viagra'

Little benefit seen in terms of increased libido, studies found

6/18/2010
Tasigna Approval Widened to Include Early Stages of Rare Leukemia

But users are at greater risk of heart disorder

6/18/2010
FDA Panel Backs New 'Morning After' Pill

Marketed as ellaOne in Europe, it extends window of emergency contraception, but opponents see it as abortion drug

6/17/2010
New Tobacco Regulations to Take Effect

A year after Tobacco Control Act signed, American Cancer Society lauds latest restrictions

6/17/2010
Jevtana Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

When disease continues to worsen after treatment with standard drug

6/11/2010
FDA Panel Endorses 1st Oral Drug for Multiple Sclerosis

But concerns about side effects led experts to vote for post-market study of lower-dose pill

6/8/2010
FDA Needs Food Safety Overhaul: Report

Focus must shift from reacting to illness outbreaks to preventing them, experts say

6/2/2010
Prolia Approved for Post-Menopausal Women With Osteoporosis

Injectable drug given once every 6 months

6/1/2010
More Cancer-Causing Chemicals in U.S. Cigarettes

They contain about 3 times as much of a potent carcinogen as foreign brands, CDC finds

5/28/2010
Johnson & Johnson Criticized Over Drug Recall

Criminal penalties are one option, FDA says

5/27/2010
Tanning Beds Can Greatly Boost Melanoma Risk

Odds for deadly skin cancer rise more than fourfold with some devices, research shows

5/26/2010
Rare Cases of Liver Damage Tied to Weight-Loss Drug

Orlistat is available by prescription under trade name Xenical and over-the-counter as Alli

5/26/2010
Many Supplements Said to Contain Toxins, Make False Health Claims

Report to Congress comes ahead of expected changes to oversight of supplement industry

5/26/2010
FDA Warns of Fracture Risk With Popular Heartburn Drugs

Label change to Nexium, Prilosec,other medications should spur patient-doctor discussions, agency says

5/25/2010
5/24/2010
Simplexa H1N1 Test Approved

Detects 'swine flu' infection

5/17/2010
Sprix Approved for Moderate-to-Severe Pain

A non-narcotic nasal spray

5/12/2010
Health Claims on Foods May Not Be Well-Grounded

New report suggests ways for FDA to beef up its oversight

5/11/2010
Tainted Lettuce Recall Expands

Distributors in Oklahoma, Massachusetts asked to pull back products

5/10/2010
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels

High calorie count, though, means restraint would be wise, expert says

5/7/2010
FDA Investigating Arizona Farm as Source of Tainted Lettuce

19 people sickened by E. coli, recall involves produce sold in 23 states

5/6/2010
New Hormonal Contraceptive Approved

Combines estrogen and progestin

5/5/2010
FDA Found Bacteria in Ingredients for Recalled Tylenol, Benadryl

Agency also cited maker Johnson & Johnson for 'numerous deficiencies' at plant

5/4/2010
As FDA Eyes Prostate Cancer Drugs, Experts Urge Caution

Hormonal meds linked to heart risks, but men should not abandon them

5/3/2010
New Parasite Screening Test Approved

For donated blood, tissue and organs

4/29/2010
Provenge Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Helps immune system combat the disease

4/28/2010
4/23/2010
FDA Targets Safety Problems With Infusion Drug Pumps

More than 56,000 reports of problems, 500 deaths have prompted agency to act

4/22/2010
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare

Toxin concentrations higher in certain tuna species versus others, study finds

4/21/2010
FDA to Broaden Disclosure on Advisers' Conflicts of Interest

Agency has faced criticism in the past over the issue

4/20/2010
FDA Tightens Oversight of Home Medical Devices

As more patients use portable ventilators, dialysis machines, agency says safety an issue

4/20/2010
Experts Urge FDA to Lower Salt in American Diet

U.S. panel says agency should cut levels slowly over next decade to protect public health

4/15/2010
E. Coli Declines, but Other Foodborne Illnesses a Worry

Oyster-related infections up, while Salmonella plateaus, says CDC report

4/15/2010
Experts Urge Fixes for Clinical Trials System in 'Crisis'

Federal report says more funding, streamlined procedures will help save lives long-term

4/13/2010
Guillain-Barre Syndrome Very Rare After H1N1 Vaccine

Rates of the disease among those vaccinated were no higher than in the general population

4/13/2010
Pancreaze Approved for Lack of Pancreatic Enzymes

200,000 in U.S. need such products

4/12/2010
Kids' Suicide Risk Same for All Antidepressants

Findings support FDA's 'black box' warning on all SSRIs, researchers say

4/8/2010
FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers

Triclosan linked to hormonal changes, antibiotic resistance in recent studies

4/8/2010
First Generic Versions of Cozaar and Hyzaar Approved

Drugs to treat high blood pressure

4/7/2010
FDA Issues Warning on 'Fat-Melting' Spa Injections

There's no proof the procedures work and serious side effects can occur, agency says

4/6/2010
Tougher-to-Abuse Form of OxyContin Approved

These pills are harder to cut and dissolve, maker says

4/5/2010
4/2/2010
Should Cholesterol Drugs Be Used By Those Without High Cholesterol?

Some experts say statins help healthier people, but others worry about risks

3/31/2010
FDA Hears Views on Risks of High Tech Scanners

Agency looking to increase safety of increasingly popular imaging procedures such as virtual colonoscopy

3/31/2010
Asclera Approved to Treat Varicose Veins

Improves appearance of swollen or twisted blood vessels