Food and Drug Administration News

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10/17/2009
11 More Children Die From Swine Flu: CDC

And vaccine production delays mean fewer shots will be available by month's end

10/16/2009
11 More Children Die From Swine Flu: CDC

And vaccine production delays mean fewer shots will be available by month's end

10/16/2009
New FDA Study Seeks Feedback on Lasik Surgery

Warnings issued to 17 centers for lax reporting of procedure-related adverse events

10/16/2009
Cervarix Approved to Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

Vaccine blocks strains of human papillomavirus

10/13/2009
Outbreak Investigation Highlights Drug Safety Issues

Noncompliance with manufacturing regulations led to contaminated syringes, report says

10/12/2009
Berinert Approved for Rare Genetic Disease

To treats symptoms of hereditary angiodema

10/6/2009
Leafy Greens Top Risky Food List

Advocacy group notes illness outbreaks usually linked to 'healthy' foods

10/4/2009
As TV Drug Ads Increase, So Do Concerns

Experts question commercials' value to patients and health-care system overall

10/2/2009
Study Counters Warnings on Quit-Smoking Drug

No clear evidence found that Chantix has dangerous side effects, say UK researchers

9/25/2009
Stelara Approved for Psoriasis

Helps block overproduction of skin cells

9/25/2009
Folotyn Approved for Aggressive Type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

For those who have relapsed or haven't responded to other therapies

9/25/2009
FDA Acknowledges Mistakes in Knee-Device Approval

Agency says it will review procedure for endorsing medical devices

9/20/2009
New Drug May Offer Hope to Some With Lung Cancer

Pemetrexed improves survival with advanced non-small-cell tumors, study finds

9/18/2009
1st Doses of Swine Flu Vaccine Set for Early October

Initial vaccine will be a nasal spray, followed shortly by injectable one: CDC

9/11/2009
Ovarian Cancer Test Approved

Helps doctors decide on appropriate surgical options

9/10/2009
FDA Panel Backs Giving HPV Vaccine Gardasil to Young Males

The advisors also recommend approval of second HPV vaccine, Cervarix, to prevent cervical cancer

9/8/2009
Metozolv Approved for Diabetic Stomach Disorder, GERD

But long-term use could cause serious side effects

9/8/2009
FDA to Require Faster Reporting of Food-Safety Problems

Companies must alert agency of potential trouble within 24 hours

9/3/2009
Intuniv Approved for Pediatric ADHD

No known potential for abuse, maker says

9/3/2009
Respirator Masks Best for Swine Flu Health Workers

Medical personnel should use them, but not the general public, experts say

8/31/2009
Valcyte Approved for Cytomegalovirus in Children

A leading cause of infection in transplant patients

8/28/2009
Zenpep Approved for Pancreatic Disorder

Makes up for lack of digestive enzymes

8/25/2009
Xyzal Approved for Younger Kids

Antihistamine sanctioned for children as young as 6 months

8/21/2009
Sabril Approved for Infantile Spasms

In children ages 1 month to 2 years

8/20/2009
New Hib Vaccine Granted Accelerated Approval

To help remedy vaccine shortage

8/18/2009
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Seems Safe

Fainting most common adverse event with Gardasil, study finds

8/18/2009
New Drug Approved for Gaucher Disease

An inherited metabolic disorder

8/17/2009
8/14/2009
8/12/2009
FDA Details Access to 'Investigational' Drugs

Goal is to help patients who might benefit from experimental medications

8/12/2009
Suicide Risk With Antidepressants Falls With Age

Study reiterates that young are most vulnerable

8/5/2009
Certain Arthritis, Crohn's Drugs May Raise Kids' Cancer Risk: FDA

Agency strengthens 'black box' warning on medicines such as Enbrel, Remicade

8/4/2009
FDA Approves Avastin for Most Common Kidney Cancer

In combination with a second drug

8/4/2009
Livalo Approved for High Cholesterol

A risk factor for heart disease

8/3/2009
Sustained-Release Antipsychotic Approved for Schizophrenia

Invega Sustenna injected once monthly

7/31/2009
Onglyza Sanctioned for Type 2 Diabetes

A once-daily tablet to help control blood sugar

7/31/2009
Colcrys Approved for Acute Gout, Mediterranean Fever

Remedy long used to treat these two inflammatory conditions

7/29/2009
Tanning Beds Get Highest Carcinogen Rating

Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when device use begins before age 30, international panel says

7/28/2009
FDA Calls for Stricter Controls on Mercury Fillings

But notes dental devices pose no great risk to most people; consumer organization aghast at ruling

7/24/2009
Forteo Approved for Drug-Related Osteoporosis

For people taking glucocorticoid medications

7/20/2009
FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine for 2009-2010

Health experts still working on H1N1 swine flu vaccine, which should be ready by fall

7/20/2009
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Approved

But it won't protect against swine flu

7/16/2009
FDA Investigating Safety of Asthma Drug Xolair

Injected medication may be linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke, agency says

7/16/2009
Onsolis Approved for Severe Cancer Pain

Due to abuse risks, patch will be available under restricted distribution

7/10/2009
Effient Sanctioned for Angioplasty Patients

To reduce the risk of blood clots

7/7/2009
FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings for Pain Pills

Drugs like Darvon, Darvocet have been linked to fatal overdoses

7/6/2009
7/2/2009
If 2 Painkillers Are Banned, What Next?

Other options, available and in the pipeline, could plug a Percocet-Vicodin gap, experts say

7/2/2009
Multaq Sanctioned for Heart Rhythm Disorders

Atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter

7/1/2009
Anti-Smoking Drugs Get FDA 'Black-Box' Warning

Reports link Chantix and Zyban to risk of psychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts