Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
7/31/2008
New Test IDs Cancer Cells in Tumors

Helps pinpoint which type of cancer is present

7/31/2008
FDA Expands Pepper Warning in Salmonella Outbreak

Second tainted sample found at another farm in Mexico; serrano and jalapeno peppers from that country are now suspect

7/29/2008
First Generic Versions of Depakote Approved

To treat seizures, migraines, and bipolar disorder

7/25/2008
Mexican Peppers ID'd as Salmonella Culprits

Tainted jalapeno sample traced back to Mexican farm, FDA announces

7/21/2008
Peppers Picked as Salmonella Culprit

FDA says tainted jalapeno sample from Mexican farm found in Texas packing plant

7/21/2008
Vytorin Fails to Lower Heart Valve Problems

Latest multi-country study shows troubled cholesterol drug no better than placebo at easing cardiovascular events in targeted patients

7/18/2008
FDA Says It's Safe to Eat Tomatoes

Salmonella outbreak may be winding down; peppers remain suspect

7/15/2008
Salmonella Sickness Toll Climbs to 1,148

42 states now reporting illnesses; source still elusive

7/10/2008
FDA Advisers Don't Back 'Black Box' Warning for Epilepsy Drugs

Experts do find 11 anti-seizure drugs heighten suicide risk, and they recommend medication guide for doctors

7/10/2008
Salmonella Illnesses Now Top 1,000

Health officials add hot peppers and cilantro as suspect foods, along with tomatoes

7/8/2008
FDA Approves Genetic Test for Breast Cancer

Kit will help identify which patients are most likely to respond to Herceptin

7/8/2008
FDA Mandates Black Box Warning for Some Antibiotics

Fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro, can cause tendinitis and tendon rupture, agency says

7/8/2008
Breast Cancer Test Rates Drug Therapy Candidates

Helps doctors make better treatment decisions

7/3/2008
Collagen Wrinkle Filler Approved

Evolence uses tendons harvested from pigs

7/3/2008
FDA Panel Calls for More Testing of Diabetes Drugs

Wants long-term studies to assure medications don't raise cardiovascular risks

7/1/2008
U.S. Officials Stymied in Salmonella Search

As infection toll in outbreak reaches 869, probe expands to include food items normally served with tomatoes

7/1/2008
Wireless Device Approved for Diabetics

Communicates with pump to deliver insulin

7/1/2008
FDA Approves Generic Risperdal

Antipsychotic drug prescribed for schizophrenia

6/30/2008
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky

Nutrition Facts panel makes it tough to make healthy choices, study shows

6/28/2008
Tomatoes May Not Be Only Source of Salmonella Outbreak

As numbers rise, CDC officials wonder if another food might be contributing

6/26/2008
New Vaccine May Account for Less Severe Rotavirus Season

Hospital, doctor visits down sharply in many places, CDC reports

6/23/2008
6/21/2008
Tainted Tomato Toll Now 552

U.S. health officials zero in on farms in Mexico, Florida as source of salmonella contamination

6/19/2008
Tainted Tomato Cases Jump to 383 People in 30 States, D.C.

U.S. health officials still unsure whether outbreak is over

6/18/2008
FDA Panel Recommends Enbrel for Pediatric Patients

But experts also express concern about psoriasis drug's possible risks for children; action follows agency warning that drug label needs strengthening

6/18/2008
6/17/2008
FDA Warns Companies to Stop Selling Fake Cancer Cures

Fraudulent products present a safety hazard to the public, agency says

6/17/2008
FDA Narrowing Tainted Tomato Probe to One Cluster

Won't identify where, but calls it 'most fruitful' lead as victim number rises again in salmonella outbreak

6/17/2008
FDA Orders Warning Label on Older Antipsychotics

Drugs increase risk of death among elderly patients with dementia, agency says

6/16/2008
Cymbalta Approved for Fibromyalgia

Affects about 5 million Americans

6/13/2008
How to Have Your Tomatoes, and Eat Them, Too

FDA offers steps to help reduce your risk of salmonella poisoning

6/13/2008
Tainted Tomatoes Likely From Florida or Mexico: FDA

Officials say salmonella contamination probably came from one source

6/12/2008
Consumers Urged to Avoid Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products

Unpasteurized items responsible for E. coli infections in children, CDC reports

6/12/2008
228 People in 22 States Sickened in Ongoing Salmonella-Tomato Outbreak

Meanwhile, Congressional report faults FDA on food safety

6/11/2008
U.S. Health Officials Closer to Origin of Salmonella Outbreak

Certain states have been ruled out as source of contaminated tomatoes, they add

6/10/2008
FDA Expands Tomato Warning Nationwide

Restaurants, markets stop offering some products after 167 people in 17 states sickened by salmonella, CDC reports

6/4/2008
FDA Starts Safety Review of Autoimmune Disorder Drugs

Reports of increased cancer risk among young users of TNF blockers prompts action

6/2/2008
Drug May Cut Tremors Associated With Parkinson's

But relief not on way, since FDA has said evidence of drug's effectiveness lacking

6/2/2008
Anemia Drugs May Speed Tumor Growth in Some Cancer Patients

Widely prescribed blood-boosters might stimulate malignant cells, hasten death, study says

5/30/2008
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

5/29/2008
Type of Tomato Product Determines Power Against Prostate Cancer

Compound produced during drying works with lycopene to protect against malignancies, study suggests

5/28/2008
FDA Proposes New Drug Labels for Pregnant Women

The changes would also advise nursing women of any potential risks

5/21/2008
5/17/2008
FDA Panel Considers Toll-Free Number for TV Drug Ads

Consumers could report side effects, but critics want agency to act, not wait years

5/15/2008
New Laser Approved to Treat Psoriasis

And other skin conditions

5/9/2008
New Class of Drugs Might Treat Many Conditions

Vaptans ease painful periods, glaucoma, depression and many other diseases, researchers say

4/30/2008
Report Slams U.S. Food Safety System

Overhaul of outdated inspection practices desperately needed, critics say

4/30/2008
Amitiza Treats Irritable Bowel With Constipation

Approved for women 18 and older

4/29/2008
Device Approved to Assess Arterial Plaque

Helps doctors evaluate heart attack risk

4/28/2008
Experimental Blood Substitutes Unsafe, Study Finds

FDA delay in acting on heart hazards might have put some in jeopardy, researchers say