Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
7/31/2006
Xolegel Treats Seborrheic Dermatitis

Once-daily application

7/28/2006
Pharmacists Rap New Version of Decongestants

They say the active ingredient doesn't work

7/26/2006
Health Tip: Using Generic Drugs

They're chemically equal to pricier brand names

7/24/2006
Elaprase Approved for Rare Genetic Disorder

Hunter syndrome patients have trouble breaking down complex sugars

7/24/2006
Anthelios OTC Sunscreen Approved in U.S.

Contains novel UVA-blocking ingredient

7/19/2006
New Hepatitis B Test Streamlines Detection

Virus can cause death from chronic liver disease

7/19/2006
Gemzar Approved for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Already sanctioned for several other malignancies

7/18/2006
FDA Approves New Implantable Contraceptive

Implanon releases a low dose of the hormone progestin for up to three years

7/18/2006
7/18/2006
New Digital Mammography System Approved

FDA OKs Fuji's FCRm system

7/5/2006
Generic Zoloft Approved

Among top-selling U.S. drugs

7/5/2006
Lucentis Prevents Elderly Blindness

Retinal disease strikes thousands annually

6/30/2006
Revlimid Approved for Multiple Myeloma

Improved patient survival in trials

6/29/2006
Sprycel Sanctioned for Rare Leukemia

When standard therapy fails

6/29/2006
FDA Grants Swift Approval to New Leukemia Drug

Sprycel benefits patients resistant to other drugs, including Gleevec

6/28/2006
Exelon Approved for Parkinson's Dementia

Already sanctioned for Alzheimer's

6/26/2006
Journal Corrects Vioxx Article to Reflect Short-Term Heart Risk

Experts call the change overdue, given the accumulated evidence

6/23/2006
Generic Versions of Zocor Approved

2nd-best selling cholesterol drug in U.S.

6/15/2006
Zelapar Cuts 'Off' Time for Parkinson's Patients

Reduces span when symptoms return as medicines wear off

6/15/2006
6/12/2006
Wellbutrin XL Approved for Seasonal Depression

For people with history of the winter blues

6/8/2006
HPV Vaccine Prevents Leading Cause of Cervical Cancer

But doesn't end need for Pap testing, FDA warns

6/7/2006
Experts Fault New FDA Drug Label Changes

They won't help patients, but could shield drug makers from legal action, researchers say

6/5/2006
FDA Allows Return of MS Drug

Restrictions apply after Tysabri was pulled from the market last year

5/26/2006
FDA Approves Shingles Vaccine

It's recommended for those 60 years of age and older

5/26/2006
Zostavax Helps Prevent Shingles in Seniors

Vaccine prevented 50 percent of cases in people older than 60

5/18/2006
Azilect Approved to Treat Parkinson's

Prevents breakdown of key brain chemical

5/15/2006
Contact Lens Solution Pulled From Market

Bausch & Lomb's ReNu MoistureLoc linked to dangerous fungal infections

5/11/2006
FDA Approves New Anti-Smoking Drug

Chantix more effective than Zyban in clinical trials, agency says

5/11/2006
New Drug Helps Smokers Quit

Curbs nicotine withdrawal symptoms

5/10/2006
New Remedy Avoids Need for Total Hip Replacement

Younger, more active people benefit most, maker says

5/9/2006
FDA Reviewing European Aspartame Data

New study contradicts earlier research with rats that found a link to cancer

5/8/2006
'Off-Label' Prescription Drug Use Common

Using medicines for non-approved reasons is legal but risky, experts say

5/3/2006
New Treatment for Bone-Marrow Disorders

Some with MDS need frequent blood transfusions

4/26/2006
New Guidelines Recommended for Implanted Heart Devices

Cardiac group asks FDA and manufacturers to cooperate on pacemakers, defibrillators

4/25/2006
Many FDA Experts Have Drug Industry Ties

But votes on drug approvals wouldn't change much if they withdrew from advisory panels, study finds

4/21/2006
FDA Opposition to Medical Marijuana Fuels Controversy

While supporters laud stance, opponents call drug a valuable tool

4/20/2006
Insulin Pump Also Monitors Blood Sugar

Alerts user when glucose drops too low

4/18/2006
Silicone Implants Don't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer

Despite controversy, decades-long study finds no link

4/14/2006
Once-Monthly Alcoholism Drug Approved

Injectable form replaces need for daily pill

4/10/2006
Study Probes Pulled Drug's Anti-Cholesterol Action

Antioxidants don't seem to drive probucol's effects, study finds

4/5/2006
Laser Therapy Treats Acne Scars

Already approved for sun-damaged skin

3/31/2006
Immune Suppressing Drug Prevents Heart Transplant Rejection

In U.S. study, it surpassed standard anti-rejection drug

3/29/2006
Second Drug Approved to Prevent Flu

Relenza already sanctioned to treat flu's symptoms

3/29/2006
Coming Soon: Faster, Yet Still Safe, Clinical Trials

'Surrogate markers' could speed drugs to patients, experts say

3/24/2006
Experts Note Need for More Studies on ADHD Drug Use in Adults

Most research on safety issues has been conducted in children, they note

3/23/2006
FDA Panel Rejects Strongest Warning for ADHD Drugs

Instead calls for simpler language and more information on labeling

3/22/2006
New Pill Cleanses Bowel Before Colonoscopy

For people who can't tolerate liquid preparations

3/17/2006
Imaging System Helps Detect Cervical Pre-Cancer

For women who have abnormal Pap test

3/8/2006
FDA Advisers Endorse Return of Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Panelists agree benefits outweigh rare risk of brain infection