Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

5/13/2009
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery

Available in Mexico but not in U.S., it could make ICU stays unnecessary, study suggests

5/7/2009
5/7/2009
Avastin Gets New Approval for Brain Cancer

Of the type affecting Senator Kennedy

5/7/2009
Fanapt Sanctioned for Schizophrenia

But FDA warns against off-label use

5/6/2009
Cycloset Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

Helps control blood sugar via the brain

5/1/2009
FDA Recalls Dietary Supplements Tied to 1 Death, Liver Damage

Hydroxycut products are sold as fat-burners, energy boosters, agency says

4/30/2009
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox

Injection to relax muscle spasms carries severe risks, agency says

4/30/2009
Dysport, a Botox Competitor, Approved

Derived from botulinum toxin

4/30/2009
U.S. Public Lacks Confidence in FDA: Poll

More than half of those surveyed believe agency is falling behind in safeguarding food, drugs

4/28/2009
Acrylamide Doesn't Raise Lung Cancer Risk

Controversial food byproduct even showed protection for women, study finds

4/24/2009
4/23/2009
FDA Approves 'Plan B' Pill for 17-Year-Olds

Decision is latest involving controversial birth-control drug

4/11/2009
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?

Experts debate pros, cons of consumption and mercury exposure

4/10/2009
Benzyl Alcohol Lotion Approved for Head Lice

In people 6 months and older

4/10/2009
FDA Reverses Stance on Removal of Morphine Painkiller

Appeals from hospice experts mean an unapproved drug, one of 14 given recent warning, will remain on the market, agency says

4/9/2009
Declines in Foodborne Illness Have Plateaued, Report Says

FDA official cites need to modernize government efforts

4/9/2009
FDA Panel Snubs Seroquel as 1st Choice Depression Treatment

Safety concerns mean the drug should only be used when other medications don't work, advisers say

4/9/2009
Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Pulled From U.S. Market

Drug manufacturer acts after link found to rare brain infection

4/8/2009
Coartem Approved to Treat Malaria

U.S. travelers to stricken areas are at risk of infection

4/8/2009
Rapid Test to Detect Bird Flu in People Approved

Results available in less than 40 minutes

4/3/2009
Nicotine Replacement May Help Smokers Quit Gradually

But products' use in U.S. to help people cut back remains controversial

3/31/2009
Raw Nuts Could Be Salmonella Source in Pistachios: Report

Calif. producer says they may have been mixed in during production process

3/31/2009
FDA Warns Drug Makers to Stop Selling Unapproved Prescription Painkillers

Action should not affect consumers or lead to shortages, the agency says

3/31/2009
Vaccine Approved for Japanese Encephalitis

Mosquito-borne virus strikes mostly in Asia

3/30/2009
FDA Investigating Salmonella-Tainted Pistachios

Recall said to involve 1 million pounds of nuts sold in at least 31 states

3/30/2009
Afinitor Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

When cancer progresses despite other treatments

3/25/2009
U.S. Urged to Start 'Fixing the Problem' of Food Safety

Creation of a separate federal agency is needed, new report says

3/23/2009
Symbyax Approved for Treatment-Resistant Depression

For people who don't respond to other antidepressants

3/20/2009
FDA Expands Weight-Loss Products Safety Alert

Agency says some contain prescription-only drugs that can harm consumers

3/20/2009
Lexapro Approved for Adolescent Depression

For people aged 12 to 17 with major depressive disorder

3/20/2009
FDA Panel Backs New Anti-Clotting Drug

Rivaroxaban could replace heparin after hip- or knee-replacement surgery

3/19/2009
Gleevec Prevents Return of Intestinal Cancer, Study Confirms

Drug is shown to be most effective on larger tumors