Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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'

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.