Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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
11/18/2008
Cancer Drug Ups Risk of Clots in Veins

Those on Avastin faced 33% increased risk of dangerous side effect

11/18/2008
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel

Reports of allergic reactions, other problems have surfaced with these products, experts say

11/12/2008
Early Onset Approved for ADHD Drug

30-minute onset of action for Focalin XR

11/10/2008
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study

ReNu with MoistureLoc was tied to eye infection outbreak in U.S.

11/5/2008
Testosterone Patch Restores Libido in Postmenopausal Women

But, the male hormone therapy may cause unwanted hair growth, study finds

11/3/2008
Study Sheds Light on Painkillers' Heart Risk

Cox-2 drugs, like Celebrex, less safe than Cox-1 drugs, like naproxen, study says

11/1/2008
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics

BPA widely used in baby bottles, food containers; has been linked to diabetes, heart disease

10/31/2008
FDA Warns of Dangers of Mexican Vanilla

Agency says it contains coumarin, which is related to ingredient in blood thinners

10/31/2008
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks

Without doctor's advice, cat's-eyes, color contacts boost odds of bacterial infection

10/30/2008
Consumer Group Seeks FDA Ban on Avandia

Public Citizen cites liver failure deaths, other risks of adverse events for diabetes drug

10/28/2008
Bayer Marketing Two Unapproved Aspirin Products: FDA

Warning letters issued for Bayer Heart Advantage, Bayer Women's Low Dose Aspirin + Calcium

10/27/2008
Osteoporosis Meds Linked to Heart Problem

Bisphosphonates may up rate of serious atrial fibrillation, review finds

10/21/2008
One-Quarter of Biologic Drugs Have Had Safety Issues

International analysis finds 11% issued 'black box' warnings by FDA

10/17/2008
Ontak Approved to Treat T-Cell Lymphoma

Targets specific receptor on cancer cells

10/17/2008
Aspirin Doesn't Prevent First Heart Attack, Stroke

Study contradicts current recommendations; expert suggests change

10/13/2008
NeuroStar Depression Therapy Cleared

Targets nerve cells with magnetic pulses

10/10/2008
Is Human Growth Hormone a Key to Longevity?

Current evidence suggests its anti-aging benefits are marginal

10/10/2008
Kogenate FS Prevents Joint Damage in Young Hemophiliacs

Hemophilia A affects about 15,000 in the U.S.

10/9/2008
25% of Teen Girls Vaccinated for HPV

It's a good start for new vaccine, CDC says

10/9/2008
Rapaflo Approved for Enlarged Prostate

The leading reason men visit urologists

10/7/2008
Drug Companies Say No Cold Meds for Kids Under 4

FDA supports industry's voluntary action to change labeling as agency continues to assess whether products are safe for the youngest set

10/6/2008
Free Prescription Drug Samples Pose Risk to Kids

Few actually go to needy children, and newer meds lack safety profile, study finds

10/3/2008
FDA Rules How Much Melamine Is Too Much

In wake of China food scare, agency says any amount is too much for infants

10/2/2008
FDA Wants More Time to Study Cold Meds for Kids

More data needed on whether OTC remedies are safe, agency official tells public meeting

9/29/2008
'Superbug' Test Detects MRSA Faster

Existing diagnostics can take up to 3 days

9/29/2008
FDA Faulted for Lack of Produce Oversight

Congressional report cites insufficient funding and resources

9/29/2008
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients

In some cases, unproven 'therapies' can be dangerous, experts say