Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

3/30/2010
Women Would Welcome At-Home Test for STDs

Readily available option could help lower infection rates, expert says

3/30/2010
Too Much Radiation? The FDA Wants to Know

Agency set to open two days of public comment on risks from scans

3/26/2010
Zyclara Approved to Treat Pre-Cancerous Skin Condition

Some 10 million Americans have actinic keratoses

3/26/2010
FDA Advisers Urge Stricter Regulation of Tanning Beds

Citing skin-cancer risk, experts recommend potential ban on use by people under 18, among other measures

3/25/2010
Xifaxan Approved for People With Liver Disease

To treat disorder that affects brain function

3/25/2010
FDA Panel Weighs New Restrictions on Tanning Beds

Experts say devices' UV rays help spur skin cancer, but industry says it's not so clear

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