Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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'

12/14/2007
Decongestant in OTC Cold Remedies Effective: FDA Panel

Current evidence says 10-milligram dose works, but advisers urge study of higher doses

12/14/2007
FDA Advisers Reject Over-the-Counter Statin

They cite concerns that consumers wouldn't use the cholesterol-lowering drug Mevacor safely

12/13/2007
Kuvan Sanctioned for PKU

A rare genetic disorder

12/13/2007
Common Infant Vaccine Recalled

Hib shot shields against meningitis, pneumonia, but experts say recall shouldn't be health threat

12/11/2007
FDA Confirms No Heart Risk From Heartburn Drugs

Preliminary studies had suggested possible problems with Prilosec and Nexium

12/2/2007
Diabetes Drug Avandia Could Weaken Bones

Mouse study suggests it boosts production of bone-eroding cells

12/1/2007
FDA Report Says Nation's Health at Risk

The agency can't keep up with increasing demands, new technologies, subcommittee finds

11/29/2007
FDA Mulls Cutting Salt in Processed Foods

Experts agree Americans eat too much sodium, but differ on need for regulation

11/28/2007
FDA Panel Backs Tougher Warning on Asthma Drugs for Kids

Serevent and Advair need specific child warnings on side effects, pediatric panel says; action follows panel's recommendation to toughen label on flu drugs for kids.

11/20/2007
Abilify Approved as Additional Treatment for Major Depression

When antidepressant therapy isn't enough

11/19/2007
Nexavar Approved for Liver Cancer

Already sanctioned for advanced kidney cancer

11/16/2007
Diet Drug Rimonabant Tied to Depression, Anxiety

Experts caution against prescribing drug to patients who are already depressed

11/15/2007
FDA Hears Pros, Cons of Pharmacist-to-Patient Drug Sales

'Behind-the-counter' dispensing would bypass doctors for some prescriptions

11/14/2007
Drug Helps Fight Late-Stage Colon Cancer in Some Patients

Cetuximab is first to extend survival for those resistant to chemotherapy, study says

11/14/2007
Avandia Label to Get Heart-Attack Warning

FDA takes action on diabetes drug although evidence is inconclusive

11/13/2007
FDA Mulls Direct Pharmacist-to-Patient Drug Sales

'Behind-the-counter' dispensing means doctor's prescriptions wouldn't be needed for certain meds

11/9/2007
Vioxx Settlement Puts Painkillers Back in the Spotlight

Cox-2 inhibitors not so bad if used wisely and in the right patients, experts say

11/9/2007
Zyrtec-D Approved Without Prescription

Drug combines popular antihistamine and nasal decongestant

11/8/2007
FDA Issues New Warnings for Anemia Drugs

ESAs can increase cancer growth, cause stroke and heart attacks, revised label warns

11/7/2007
FDA Seeks Food Recall Authority

New powers, endorsed by Bush, would affect both domestic and imported items, agency says

11/6/2007
11/5/2007
Trasylol Pulled From Worldwide Market

FDA says clotting drug poses increased death risk, while company says drug still has benefits

11/1/2007
Consumers Still Buying Risky Imported Drugs Online: FDA

Many seem to be doing so to avoid need for a prescription, agency says

10/31/2007
Combigan Drops Approved for Glaucoma

To treat pressure in the eye

10/29/2007
Tasigna Approved for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

For people resistant to other therapies

10/22/2007
Meningitis Vaccine Gets Expanded Approval

Age range for Menactra now includes children 2 to 10

10/22/2007
Voltaren Gel Approved for Osteoarthritis

First topical prescription treatment for the joint disease

10/19/2007
FDA Panel Recommends Ban on Cold Medicines for Kids

Over-the-counter drugs are unsafe for children under 6, advisers say.

10/18/2007
FDA Panel Weighs Ban on Kids' Cold Medicines

Experts disagree on whether the medicines are safe for children under 6.

10/17/2007
Ixempra Approved for Breast Cancer

Targets protein that spurs growth of cancer cells

10/17/2007
New Drug Approved for Resistant HIV

Isentress inhibits enzyme that virus needs to multiply

10/16/2007
Defib Wire Warning Shouldn't Worry Most Users: Experts

Overall risk is low, but patients should consult with their doctors