Food and Drug Administration News

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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Overhaul of outdated inspection practices desperately needed, critics say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

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