Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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