Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
6/21/2007
1st U.S. Drug Approved for Fibromyalgia

Millions have the painful condition

6/21/2007
Computerized Medication Box Approved

EMMA system helps caregivers and patients avoid dosing errors

6/18/2007
Letairis Treats Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

High blood pressure in the lung arteries

6/14/2007
FDA Shouldn't Approve Diet Drug, Panel Says

Concern about suicidal thoughts cited by agency advisers

6/12/2007
FDA Steps Up Oversight of Body Parts Companies

Inspections said to show no risk to transplant patients from tissue taken from cadavers

6/4/2007
Sensor Continuously Monitors Glucose in Diabetics

STS-7 system lasts up to 7 days

6/1/2007
FDA Bans Toothpaste From China

Agency warns consumers that the products contain a dangerous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent

5/29/2007
New Relief for Allergies and Hives

Xyzal is a once-daily antihistamine

5/25/2007
FDA to Stop Sales of Unapproved Timed-Release Cold Medications

The drugs in question contain guaifenesin, an expectorant

5/25/2007
Doctors Not Ready to Abandon Diabetes Drug

Study that links Avandia to heart attacks needs further exploration, experts say

5/24/2007
New Treatment for Common Genital Infection

Affects nearly one-third of U.S. women

5/24/2007
FDA Should Regulate Tobacco: Report

U.S. Institute of Medicine panel calls for tough new policies against smoking

5/23/2007
FDA Approves 'No-Period' Contraceptive Pill

Lybrel may become popular with younger women, expert says

5/22/2007
New Yorkers Get a Sneak Peek at alli®

Weight-loss drug works only if diet and exercise part of the program, maker says

5/21/2007
Diabetes Drug Avandia Boosts Heart Attack, Death Risk: Study

FDA expresses caution; manufacturer defends the safety of oral medication for type 2 disease

5/18/2007
Blood Thinner's Approval Expanded to Include Most Severe Heart Attack

Lovenox shown to reduce recurrent attacks and death

5/18/2007
Experts Debate Giving HPV Vaccine to Boys

Spread of the virus linked to cervical cancer can harm them, too

5/10/2007
FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for Anemia Drugs

Prescribing medications in higher doses poses dangers, research has suggested

5/10/2007
Melamine-Tainted Fish Feed Recalled in U.S. and Canada

Many U.S. farms used the product, but it's unclear if contaminated fish was sold, FDA says

5/10/2007
Proposal to Give FDA More Muscle Gets Mixed Reviews

Senate bill seeks to improve agency's ability to protect public from dangerous drugs

5/10/2007
Skin Patch Approved for Early Parkinson's

Delivers drug that mimics dopamine

5/9/2007
First Emergency Facemasks for the Public Cleared

They reduce exposure to airborne germs

5/8/2007
Half of Drug-Coated Stents Used Off-Label

But this unapproved use doesn't boost patients' risk, studies conclude

5/8/2007
Drug Safety: There's No Magic Pill, Study Says

For example, daily aspirin's death risk equals that of driving

5/2/2007
FDA Looks to Widen Antidepressant Warnings

Potential suicide risk would extend to 24-year-olds

4/30/2007
Veramyst Treats Seasonal and Year-Round Allergies

Nasal spray sanctioned for people two years and older

4/30/2007
4/27/2007
FDA Says No to Vioxx Successor

Critics have questioned adequacy of safety trials for Arcoxia

4/25/2007
4/25/2007
Tainted Pet Food Found in Hogs in Several States

FDA also testing imported protein supplements, not sure if contaminant has entered human food supply

4/24/2007
FDA Panel Recommends Approval of New AIDS Drug

Maraviroc is first of a novel class of HIV medications

4/23/2007
Generic Ambien Approved

A short-term treatment for insomnia

4/17/2007
Antidepressants Help More Kids Than They Harm

Largest review of its kind finds benefits outweighing risks

4/17/2007
U.S. Approves 1st Bird Flu Vaccine

Called an 'interim' measure, it was effective about half the time in trials

4/17/2007
Multiple Sclerosis Drug Combats Vision Loss

But doctors must weigh the potential risks of Tysabri, experts say

4/13/2007
Debate Builds Over Drug Companies' Fees to FDA

Critics say agency shouldn't take funds from industry it's supposed to police

4/13/2007
Antibiotic Ointment Treats Impetigo

Altabax targets skin infection

4/6/2007
FDA Bans Unapproved Nausea Drugs

Suppositories containing trimethobenzamide hydrochloride are ineffective, agency says

4/6/2007
Biologic Drug Approved to Prevent Hepatitis B in Liver Recipients

Transplant patients have weakened immune systems

4/3/2007
Two Medications Treat Migraine Better Than One

Sumatriptan-naproxen combo works faster and longer, study finds

4/2/2007
FDA OKs Combination Diabetes Drug

Includes approved drugs Januvia and metformin

4/1/2007
Pet Food Recall Widens After Toxin Found

Del Monte adds some of its moist pet food and snacks to a recall list that now includes dry cat food and Alpo dog food

3/30/2007
Constipation Drug Pulled From Market

Risk of heart attack, angina, stroke and death from Zelnorm cited as reasons

3/30/2007
Chemical Found in Recalled Pet Food

Contaminated wheat gluten may also be in dry food, FDA says

3/29/2007
FDA Panel Backs Prostate Cancer Vaccine

Studies show it extends life of patients with metastatic disease by several months

3/29/2007
Parkinson's Drug Pergolide Withdrawn Over Heart Concerns

Studies linked the medication to leaky heart valves, FDA says

3/21/2007
FDA Proposal Toughens Membership Requirements on Advisory Panels

New limit on financial ties would reduce potential conflict of interest, agency says

3/16/2007
FDA Approves Swift New Meningitis Test

It can spot difference between viral meningitis and bacterial meningitis, which can be fatal

3/16/2007
Rapid Meningitis Test Approved

Helps distinguish between viral and bacterial forms

3/14/2007
FDA Strengthens Warnings on Sleeping Pills

Labels must list side effects such as sleep-driving and allergic reactions