Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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