Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
10/15/2007
10/11/2007
Drug Makers Withdraw Cough, Cold Meds for Infants

Move comes as U.S. regulators scrutinize safety of products linked to dozens of deaths

10/10/2007
Generic Anti-Seizure Drug Approved

Oxcarbazepine sanctioned for people 4 and older

10/5/2007
10/4/2007
FDA Struggles to Keep Pace With Requests for Generics

More approvals are being recorded, but backlog continues to grow, officials say

9/29/2007
Diabetes Drugs Boost Heart Failure But Not Death

Experts split on what this means for those taking Avandia, Actos

9/29/2007
FDA Experts Urge Ban on Cold Medicines for Young Children

Safety review finds 123 deaths linked to the products since 1969

9/28/2007
FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine

That should ensure adequate supply for coming influenza season, officials say

9/28/2007
FDA Cracks Down on Unapproved Cough Medicines

Some 200 prescription drugs with hydrocodone could be involved

9/27/2007
Genes Might Predispose Antidepressant Users to Suicidal Thoughts

Someday, DNA tests might spot those most at risk, experts say

9/27/2007
Drug Industry Seeks Tests to Spot Side Effect Risks

7 pharmaceutical giants are pooling resources to develop gene-based screens

9/24/2007
No Link Between Anti-Nausea Drug, Heart Trouble

Current warning for droperidol unwarranted, study suggests

9/20/2007
Americans Confused About FDA and Drug Safety

Poll finds many mistrust the job the agency is doing

9/19/2007
Nasal Flu Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 2-5

FluMist already sanctioned for older kids and adults

9/18/2007
New Test Screens for Bacteria in Blood Platelets

Should benefit patients in need of transfusions

9/18/2007
Genetic Test Approved for Sensitivity to Blood Thinner

Some people who take Coumadin at higher risk of bleeding

9/14/2007
9/13/2007
Stopping Tysabri May Worsen MS

Small study finds increase in disease-linked brain lesions

9/11/2007
Diabetes Drug Avandia Boosts Heart Risks: Study

Another study finds a similar drug, Actos, may be a better choice, researchers say

9/10/2007
Injuries, Deaths Tied to Consumer Drugs Rise Sharply

'Adverse events' more than doubled between 1998 and 2005

9/5/2007
First Generic Versions of Coreg Approved

Treats high blood pressure and cardiac problems

9/5/2007
Drug, Pacemaker Fight Irregular Heartbeat

Studies suggest new weapons against dangerous atrial fibrillation

9/4/2007
8/31/2007
New Drug Treats Rare Hormonal Disorder

Acromegaly causes enlarged features and organs

8/29/2007
West Nile Test Screens Donated Blood and Organs

Can detect virus before body shows signs of infection

8/28/2007
Blood Clotting Protein Helps Stem Surgical Bleeding

Evithrom derived from human blood plasma

8/27/2007
Study Points to Cause of Vioxx Heart Risk

The drug ups levels of a protein linked to clotting, researchers say

8/23/2007
FDA Proposes New Rules for Sunscreens

New labeling would indicate UVA protection, not just UVB

8/20/2007
8/17/2007
Vision Restoration Therapy Might Improve Sight for Trauma, Stroke Victims

In-home computer device shows promise in stimulating affected brain areas, study shows

8/17/2007
Zingo Offers Pain Relief During Child Injections

Approved for patients aged 3 to 18

8/16/2007
FDA Updates Prescription Guidelines for Blood Thinner

Gene variations dictate how quickly a patient metabolizes warfarin, officials say

8/16/2007
FDA to Review Safety of Cold Remedies for Kids

Reports of hospitalizations, even deaths, in children younger than 2

8/15/2007
FDA to Take Another Look at Cold Remedies for Kids

Concerns surface over their use, particularly in children younger than 2 years of age

8/15/2007
Direct-to-Consumer Drug Ads Booming Despite Criticisms

Experts suggest a shutdown on such pitches to the public

8/15/2007
Avandia to Carry Stronger Heart Failure Warning

Four other diabetes drugs in same class will also get a 'black box' on label, FDA announces

8/9/2007
FDA Sees No Heart Risk With Heartburn Drugs

Preliminary studies suggested possible problems with Prilosec and Nexium

8/8/2007
New Study Questions Avandia's Heart Risk

Analysis finds no proof that diabetes drug causes heart attacks

8/6/2007
Selzentry Approved for HIV

1st new type of oral HIV drug in more than a decade

7/31/2007
Diabetes Drug Should Stay Despite Heart Risks, U.S. Advisers Say

FDA panel says Avandia offers benefits to people with type 2 disease

7/25/2007
Congress Readies Bill to Give FDA Tobacco Oversight

Critics and supporters debate the pluses and minuses of the legislation

7/18/2007
Bush Creates Panel to Oversee Imported Foods

Move follows growing worries about safety of nation's food supply

7/17/2007
Artificial Disc Approved to Treat Disc Disease in Neck

A major cause of neck and arm pain

7/17/2007
Taking Cancer Drug With Food May Cut Costs

Breast cancer patients on Tykerb could save $1,740 per month, experts say

7/16/2007
New Test Helps Detect Spreading Breast Cancer

Assists doctors in deciding appropriate therapy

7/13/2007
Congress Moves Closer to Drug-Safety Bill

House plan earmarks $400 million in FDA fees to track medicines already on market

7/12/2007
New LASIK Device Treats Differing Vision Problems

Performs separate procedures on each eye

7/9/2007
First Skin Patch Sanctioned for Alzheimer's

Reduces risk of gastrointestinal side effects

7/5/2007
Generic Lamisil Approved

Treats fungal nail infections, athlete's foot

6/27/2007
Permanent Makeup Isn't Always Pretty

Adverse reactions can be unsightly and long-lasting, study finds