Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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