Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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
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