Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

7/1/2009
FDA Panel Urges Ban on Vicodin, Percocet

Also recommends dosing limits for OTC painkillers that contain acetaminophen, like Tylenol or Excedrin, because of link to liver damage.

6/26/2009
FDA Seizes All Drugs From Generics Maker

Agency cites poor quality at Michigan plants, warns of potential shortage of one pain reliever

6/22/2009
Obama Signs Tough New Anti-Smoking Law

FDA gets the authority to regulate tobacco manufacturing and marketing

6/18/2009
Ozurdex Implant Approved for Macular Edema

When cause is blocked vein, doctors have a new therapy to offer

6/15/2009
Drug May Stem Slide Into Alzheimer's for Some

Aricept did not help others with mild memory loss, study finds

6/13/2009
Asthma Drugs Get 'Precaution' Labeling for Possible Psychiatric Side Effects

FDA says users of Singulair and similar meds should watch for such problems

6/12/2009
Caldolor Is First Approved Injected Ibuprofen

For hospital patients who can't take oral drug

6/12/2009
Tobacco Control Bill Heads to White House as Health Groups Cheer

Legislation to let FDA regulate tobacco manufacturing and marketing called long overdue

6/11/2009
FDA Panel OKs Newer Antipsychotics for Children

Seroquel, Zyprexa and Geodon have been linked to certain health risks, experts note

6/10/2009
Morning Sickness Drug Gets Green Light in Study

Israeli researchers find short-term use during pregnancy should be safe

6/3/2009
New Drug Fights Cancer in Dogs

Palladia approved to treat dangerous skin tumors

6/2/2009
FDA to Study Ways to Be More Open With Public

Agency hopes to better explain its decisions to regain lost trust

6/1/2009
Depression Treatment Wanes Following FDA Warnings

Advisories led to 'unintended consequences,' researchers say

5/29/2009
Besivance Approved for Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Contagious condition often called 'pink eye'

5/28/2009
Ankle Replacement Device Approved

For people with deformed or arthritic joint

5/26/2009
Adcirca Approved for Lung Disorder

Drug has the same active ingredient as Cialis

5/18/2009
Risperdal Consta Approved for Bipolar Disorder

Long-acting version of antipsychotic

5/14/2009
Cimzia Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Previously sanctioned for Crohn's disease