Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
12/14/2006
Avastin Plus Chemo Benefits Lung-Cancer Patients

Treatment extended survival by 2 months, a small but significant gain, researchers say

12/14/2006
FDA Panel Urges Changes to Antidepressant Labeling

'Black box' warning on suicide risk may be extended beyond children

12/12/2006
Taco Bell E. coli Outbreak Cause Still a Mystery

U.S. health officials say green onions tested negative

12/9/2006
Victim Count in Taco Bell E. coli Outbreak Still Rising

Confirmed cases now spread across 6 states; source of outbreak still unclear, CDC says

12/8/2006
Drug-Coated Stents Don't Boost Death Risk, U.S. Advisers Say

But the devices may be the cause of blood clots, FDA panel notes

12/6/2006
Gleevec Continues to Beat Blood Cancer

89 percent of CML patients have survived for 5 years, study finds

12/6/2006
Drug-Coated Stents Create Clot Risk

While they offer benefits, they may not be appropriate for all heart patients, FDA says

11/30/2006
Don't Expect Big Push for Celebrex for Juvenile Arthritis

FDA panel recommends its use, but other treatment options exist, experts say

11/30/2006
FDA Panel Backs Celebrex for Kids With Arthritis

Says benefits outweigh potential risks to those with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

11/17/2006
FDA OKs Return of Silicone Breast Implants

The decision requires the 2 manufacturers to continue studies of the devices' safety

11/14/2006
11/9/2006
11 Million Bottles of Acetaminophen Recalled

Bits of wire discovered in drug sold at retailers such as Wal-Mart, CVS, Costco

11/1/2006
Generic Metronidazole Approved

Antibiotic treats overgrowth of vaginal bacteria

10/27/2006
Americans Fall Prey to Weight-Loss Supplement 'Hype'

Many mistakenly believe these products are tested and safe, survey finds

10/26/2006
Wild Boar May Have Caused Tainted Spinach Outbreak

Investigators probe whether animals carried E. coli to produce fields

10/25/2006
Tyzeka Approved to Treat Chronic Hepatitis B

But it isn't a cure for the dangerous liver infection

10/23/2006
Omnaris Approved for Hay Fever

Nasal spray suppresses body's immune response

10/20/2006
Breakthrough Cancer Drug Gleevec Gets Heart Precaution

FDA move on drug label unlikely to dim enthusiasm for the medication, experts say

10/19/2006
Breakthrough Cancer Drug Gleevec Gets Heart Precaution

FDA move on drug label unlikely to dim enthusiasm for the medication, experts say

10/18/2006
Taxotere Approved for Head and Neck Cancer

Average survival extended by more than 4 months

10/17/2006
FDA OKs New Oral Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

Januvia, a member of new class of medicines, enhances release of insulin

10/17/2006
New Diabetes Drug Helps Lower Blood Sugar

Januvia part of a new class of medications

10/13/2006
Aricept Use Expanded to Severe Alzheimer's Dementia

Approved 10 years ago for mild-to-moderate disease

10/12/2006
Avastin Sanctioned as Lung Cancer Treatment

Drug extended survival in people with most common lung cancer

10/9/2006
Experts Urge Major FDA Overhaul

Institute of Medicine report says the agency lacks oversight, independence

10/9/2006
Risperdal Approved for Autism Symptoms in Children

Including self injury and aggression

10/6/2006
Zolinza Treats Rare Skin Cancer

When other remedies fail

10/5/2006
Yaz Birth Control Pill Approved for New Use

For women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder

9/27/2006
Vectibix Treats Colorectal Cancer That's Spread

Drug can slow or stop growing tumors

9/26/2006
Fentora Approved for Cancer Pain

Oral opioid treats rapid-onset 'breakthrough' pain

9/25/2006
Lamictal Sanctioned for 'Grand Mal' Seizures

Epilepsy drug gets broader approval

9/20/2006
FDA Updates Warning on Contraceptive Patch

Risk of blood clots in legs, lungs prompts label change for Ortho Evra patch

9/18/2006
Noxafil Prevents Invasive Fungal Infections

Immune-compromised are most at risk

9/12/2006
Vioxx Most Dangerous Cox-2 Drug: Studies

Its heart-threatening effects emerge early and rise with dosage, research shows

9/8/2006
FDA Again Fines Red Cross Over Blood Collection Practices

No one has been harmed by tainted blood, the agency stressed

9/5/2006
FDA Approves 1st Implantable Artificial Heart

It's meant for patients with advanced heart disease who are too ill for transplant

8/30/2006
FDA Panel Backs Drug to Prevent Pre-term Birth

Gestiva most effective before 35th week of pregnancy, researchers say

8/29/2006
FDA Considers Drug to Prevent Pre-term Birth

Gestiva most effective before 35th week of pregnancy, researchers say

8/28/2006
Generic Cipro I.V. Approved

Antibiotic widely prescribed for urinary and respiratory infections

8/25/2006
Plastics Chemical Might Promote Breast Cancer

Scientists spot mechanism allowing bisphenol-A to concentrate in tumor cells

8/25/2006
'Morning-After' Pill Approval Prompts Mixed Reactions

Some say age restrictions won't limit teen pregnancies; others say contraceptive will boost promiscuity

8/24/2006
FDA Approves OTC Plan B for Women 18 and Older

Prescription for 'morning after' pill still required for younger females

8/24/2006
'Morning-After' Pill Approved for Over-the-Counter Sales

FDA restricts access for those under 18; ruling follows three-year delay

8/17/2006
A Permanent Wrinkle-Eraser?

Doctors are divided about yet-to-be-approved ArteFill

8/17/2006
Expanded Use of Plavix Approved

To prevent blocked arteries after heart attack

8/14/2006
Review Details Drug Companies' Reach

They subtly influence doctors' prescribing patterns, report contends

8/14/2006
Actonel Sanctioned for Male Osteoporosis

Already approved to increase bone mass in post-menopausal women

8/8/2006
8/8/2006
External Defibrillator Warnings Not Adequate

FDA has issued warnings for one in every five devices, study finds

7/31/2006
FDA to Reconsider Sale of Plan B

At issue is whether to make the contraceptive an over-the-counter drug