Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
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4/26/2008
FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for LASIK Surgery

The popular eye procedure helps many, but complaints show it may not be for everyone

4/25/2008
Relistor Helps Ease Painkiller-Related Constipation

For people who use ongoing opioid therapy

4/23/2008
Researchers Identify Contaminant in Tainted Heparin

More testing needed to prove that oversulfated chondroitin sulfate caused deaths, reactions

4/23/2008
Gloves Made From New Form of Latex Approved

May benefit health workers, patients allergic to traditional latex

4/22/2008
Cimzia Sanctioned to Treat Crohn's Disease

For people who haven't responded to standard therapies

4/22/2008
FDA: Contaminated Heparin Found in 11 Countries

And 'biological mechanism' that leads to adverse reactions identified, officials add

4/21/2008
Compact Heart Assist Device Approved

HeartMate II helps weakened heart for those awaiting transplant

4/18/2008
Treximet Approved for Migraines

Combines Imitrex and anti-inflammatory

4/11/2008
Cancer Drug Trials Often Halted Early

Without thorough review, Italian study says the trend poses risks to patients

4/10/2008
Irradiation Almost Erases Risk of Food Poisoning

Salmonella, E. coli bacteria dramatically reduced with this method, researchers find

4/10/2008
Foodborne Illnesses Remain Constant in U.S.

More needs to be done to extend safety practices, CDC reports

4/4/2008
4/2/2008
Off-Label Drug Use Needs Strong Oversight

Stanford researcher chides FDA for proposing less governance of the practice

4/1/2008
Avandia May Slow Atherosclerosis After Bypass Surgery

But this new study of diabetes drug doesn't prove it's safe, critics say

3/26/2008
Drugs Approved Under Deadline More Likely to Run Into Trouble Later

Mandated approval times lead to fixes after medications have reached millions, study says

3/20/2008
Treanda Treats Rare Cancer

Chemotherapy drug approved for chronic lymphocytic leukemia

3/20/2008
Medical Adhesive Helps Burn Patients

Artiss approved to attach skin grafts

3/19/2008
FDA Identifies Contaminant in Blood-Thinning Drug

Chemically altered form of natural compound found in heparin samples

3/17/2008
Food-borne Illnesses From Leafy Greens on Rise in U.S.

Increase not explained by higher consumption; more control urged from harvest to preparation

3/14/2008
Blood-Thinner Contaminant Traced to Chinese Plant

As a result, FDA to require testing of all imported heparin

3/13/2008
FDA Panel Supports Anemia Drugs for Cancer Patients

But adds strong caveats on their use for some undergoing chemo

3/12/2008
Doctors See How Cancer Drug Can Damage Kidneys

But the finding shouldn't keep physicians from using Avastin, researchers say

3/7/2008
Heparin Problems Reported in Germany

Adverse reactions similar to those in U.S., but product source is different, FDA says

3/5/2008
FDA Finds Contaminant in Baxter's Recalled Heparin Products

But officials can't say if it's responsible for adverse events, deaths reported

2/29/2008
2/29/2008
Arcalyst Treats Rare Inflammatory Disorders

Affecting 300 people in U.S.

2/29/2008
Baxter Recalls Rest of Heparin Products

Investigation into allergic reactions, deaths related to blood thinner continues

2/28/2008
2/27/2008
Tysabri May Cause Liver Damage, Health Officials Say

MS drug also used to treat Crohn's disease can show injury in as little as 6 days

2/26/2008
Anemia Drugs for Cancer Patients Increase Death Risk

Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents also boost risk of blood clots, study says

2/24/2008
How to Be Heart Smart at the Supermarket

Dietitian offers advice on navigating nutrition claims and food labels

2/22/2008
Humira Approved for Children's Arthritis

In patients four years and older

2/22/2008
FDA Panel OKs 3 New Flu Strains for Next Year's Vaccine

Officials hope to target versions current shot misses, but fall production may be delayed

2/21/2008
Hemophilia Treatment Approved

Xyntha supplements affected blood factor

2/20/2008
More Evidence of Danger From Heart Surgery Drug

Anti-bleeding agent Trasylol tied to increased death, complications, studies find

2/18/2008
Mix-Up Behind FDA's Failure to Inspect China Blood-Thinner Plant

Agency error means facility linked to fatal lots of injected heparin was ignored, officials say

2/11/2008
Manufacturer Halts Production of Blood Thinner Heparin

Drug linked to hundreds of allergic reactions and possibly 4 deaths, FDA says

2/7/2008
'Decellularized' Heart Valve Approved

A donated valve that's been stripped of human cells

2/6/2008
Generic Versions of Fosamax Approved

A popular drug to treat osteoporosis

2/5/2008
Asmanex Approved for Asthmatic Children

Inhaler may now be used by kids as young as 4 years

2/1/2008
Quit-Smoking Drug May Raise Suicide Risk

FDA asks maker of Chantix to revise warning on product label

2/1/2008
FDA Approves New Drug-Eluting Stent

To help people with narrowed arteries

2/1/2008
FDA Warns Epilepsy Drugs May Raise Suicide Risk

Agency will ask drug makers to put warning labels on entire class of medicines

1/31/2008
New HIV Drug Sanctioned When Others Fail

Blocks enzyme that virus needs to multiply

1/25/2008
FDA Will Wait for Trial Results on Vytorin

Early findings saw no medical benefit; heart expert calls it 'second-line' medication

1/21/2008
Two-Drug Combination Approved for High Blood Pressure

Eased hypertension better than either drug alone, maker says

1/21/2008
New Test Screens For Flu and Other Viruses

Said to be faster and more accurate than existing tests

1/19/2008
FDA Warns Clot Risk Higher in Birth Control Patch Than Pill

Agency is updating Ortho Evra's labeling to reflect results of new study

1/18/2008
Genetically Engineered Clotting Solution Approved

To limit bleeding after surgery

1/16/2008
Sealant Helps Stem Bleeding During Surgery

Helps blood clot when applied to small vessels