Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
3/16/2009
Steroid Concoction May Ease Sinusitis

Small study finds benefits, but drug does not have FDA approval for such use

3/13/2009
First DNA Tests for HPV Approved

The virus associated with most cases of cervical cancer

3/11/2009
Second-Generation Female Condom Approved

Protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease

3/9/2009
Device Approved for Child Heart Operations

Helps minimize scarring after surgery

3/6/2009
Hip Osteoarthritis Therapy No Better Than Placebo

FDA-approved injection for knees less effective in deep joint areas, study finds

2/26/2009
Antibiotic Combo Fights Resistant TB

2 FDA-approved drugs inhibit both normal and virulent strains, study finds

2/26/2009
Solostar Injection Pen Approved for Diabetes

Prefilled with Apidra, a rapid-acting insulin

2/25/2009
FDA Halts New Applications From Indian Drug Maker's Plant

Agency says Ranbaxy Laboratories facility falsified scientific data

2/19/2009
FDA Warns Users on Psoriasis Drug

Three have died from rare brain infection while taking Raptiva, officials report in health advisory

2/19/2009
Implanted Device Approved for Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Reclaim device delivers electrical stimulation to the brain

2/18/2009
Many Clinical Trials Moving Overseas

Study says trend raises ethical, medical issues

2/17/2009
Doctors' Guide to Cancer Drugs May Need Revising

Physicians often rely on outdated data when making 'off-label' decisions, study says

2/16/2009
Add More Facts to Drug Ads, Experts Urge

Study wants FDA to mandate boxes that clearly state how well medication works

2/16/2009
Uloric Approved for Gout

The first new treatment option in 40 years

2/11/2009
New Drug Shows Promise Against Heartbeat Abnormality

Dronedarone reduced strokes, heart attacks in those with atrial fibrillation

2/9/2009
FDA Seeks Better Regulation of Painkillers

Powerful opioid drugs can pose risks even for patients, agency says

2/9/2009
1st Drug From Genetically Altered Animals Approved

ATryn sanctioned for rare genetic blood disorder

2/6/2009
First Ablation Catheters Approved for Atrial Fibrillation

Designed to treat irregular heartbeat when medication doesn't work

2/4/2009
New Standards Set for Heparin and Glycerin

Stricter testing is aimed at keeping tainted drugs, products off U.S. market

2/4/2009
Vectical Ointment Approved for Psoriasis

Vitamin D3 is active ingredient

2/2/2009
Kapidex Approved for Acid Reflux

A reformulated version of Prevacid

1/28/2009
Plavix Plus Heartburn Drugs May Hike Heart Risk

Combination might interfere with Plavix's anticlotting ability, experts say

1/28/2009
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

Half of batches tested positive, third of popular sweetened products showed traces

1/28/2009
Gelnique Approved for Overactive Bladder

A topical gel for treating symptoms

1/23/2009
FDA OKs 1st Embryonic Stem Cell Trial

Might improve function in paralyzed patients, experts say

1/16/2009
FDA Warns of Skin-Numbing Drug Dangers

Popular topical anesthetics can cause severe reactions when used improperly, agency says

1/16/2009
Riastap Approved for Rare Blood Disorder

Congenital fibrinogen deficiency can cause uncontrolled bleeding

1/15/2009
Savella Approved for Fibromyalgia

Expected in pharmacies by March

1/15/2009
FDA Issues Final Regulations for Genetically Engineered Animals

Consumer labeling not required for foods from these animals, agency says

1/13/2009
Diagnostic Approved to Detect C. diff

An infection commonly acquired in hospitals

1/8/2009
FDA Backs Cholesterol Drug Vytorin

Review says it lowered bad cholesterol more effectively than Zocor

12/31/2008
Osteoporosis Drug Prompts Increase in Certain Bone Cells

Scientists not sure if finding points to potential problems; maker stands by medication

12/31/2008
Nucleic Acid Test Screens for HIV

In donated blood and tissue

12/31/2008
Dubious Drugs, Tainted Foods Top 2008's Health Stories

But deaths from heart disease, cancer show encouraging drop

12/29/2008
Degarelix Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Suppresses testosterone production

12/23/2008
FDA Warns About Weight Loss Products

Agency says more than 2 dozen contain dangerous ingredients not listed on label

12/22/2008
Zolpimist Approved for Insomnia

Oral spray contains Ambien's active ingredient

12/22/2008
Gleevec Approved for Use After Cancer Surgery

Drug first sanctioned in 2001

12/19/2008
Mozobil Boosts Stem Cells Before Bone Marrow Transplants

Could help people with certain forms of blood cancer

12/19/2008
Low Doses of Melamine Won't Harm Kids' Kidneys

Hong Kong researchers found most of those exposed to tainted products were OK

12/16/2008
FDA Faults Drug Information for Consumers

Pamphlets given out by pharmacies aren't always easy to understand

12/16/2008
FDA Adds Suicide Warning to Epilepsy Drugs

Says patients on antiepileptics need to be monitored for indications of mood changes

12/16/2008
TriLipix Approved to Help Lower Cholesterol

To be used alone, or in combination with a statin

12/10/2008
2 Diabetes Drugs Double Fracture Risk in Women

Both Avandia and Actos lower bone density, new analysis shows

12/2/2008
Generic Heart Drugs as Good as Brand-Name Counterparts

Review found most were as effective, despite editorials urging opposite

12/1/2008
FDA Touts Efforts to Enhance Food Safety

Critics see problems with the agency's goals, commitment and resources

11/24/2008
Study Calls for Greater Scrutiny of 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Doctors often prescribe medicines for conditions that haven't been studied thoroughly

11/24/2008
Promacta Approved for Rare Blood Disorder

Affects about 60,000 people in United States

11/21/2008
FDA Approves New Drug for Severe Epilepsy

Trials showed Banzel proved effective against Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

11/21/2008