Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
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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

1/16/2008
Genetic Breast Cancer Test Approved

Estimates likelihood of recurrence, overall survival

1/16/2008
U.S. Food Safety: A Shopping List of Solutions

Proposals include creating 'superagency,' boosting FDA funding and encouraging global alliances

1/16/2008
U.S. Food Safety: Solutions at a Glance

From user fees to traceability reforms, no shortages here

1/16/2008
U. S. Food Safety: Protect Yourself Against Food Poisoning

Tips to help keep what you eat free of bacteria

1/15/2008
Foods From Cloned Animals Safe to Eat: FDA

Agency says that no dangers are posed to American consumers

1/15/2008
Tysabri Approved for Crohn's Disease

Previously sanctioned for multiple sclerosis

1/15/2008
U.S. Food Safety: The Import Alarm Keeps Sounding

As America's taste for imported food increases, the urgency for quality controls does also

1/15/2008
U.S. Food Safety: Foodborne Illnesses a Menu for Disaster

Main offenders are bacterial, and they can strike at any time

1/15/2008
MS Drug Tysabri Approved for Crohn's Disease

But the drug comes with serious risks, FDA notes

1/14/2008
U.S. Food Safety: Home-Grown Problems Abound

As the variety of tainted products widens, the concerns about oversight deepen

1/14/2008
U.S. Food Safety: A Grocery List of Tainted Products

Recent recalls covered everything from spinach to meat to children's snacks

1/11/2008
14 New Blood-Typing Tests Approved

To help ensure safe transfusions

1/10/2008
FDA Warns Against Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy

The menopause drugs are unregulated and could be dangerous, agency says

1/7/2008
Youth Suicide Warnings Are Slowing Antidepressant Sales

Study finds drop in SSRI prescriptions for children and adults

1/3/2008
Rapid Test for MRSA Approved

Quickly detects deadly staph bacterium

1/3/2008
FDA Reports New Risks Posed by Anemia Drugs

ESAs can spur faster cancer growth and earlier death, agency says

12/21/2007
FDA Renews Warnings on Pain-Relief Patch

Misuse and misprescribing can lead to overdose, death from fentanyl-laden patches

12/18/2007
Bystolic Approved for High Blood Pressure

A new drug to combat a 'silent killer'