Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
1/31/2007
FDA to Monitor Post-Market Drug Safety

Pilot project among proposals agency lays out in response to growing criticism of its operations

1/29/2007
Study Blasts TV Drug Ads

There's too much emotion, not enough information for consumers, experts say

1/24/2007
New Drug Fights Deadly Fungal Infections

Noxafil recently gained FDA approval and is already in widespread use

1/17/2007
Lialda Approved for Ulcerative Colitis

To induce remission of inflammatory bowel disease

1/11/2007
FDA Seeks Higher Fees From Drug Industry

Says they're needed to improve safety and oversight; critics cite possible conflict of interest

1/11/2007
Refrigerated Version of Inhaled Flu Vaccine Approved

Makes it easier to keep FluMist in schools and pharmacies

1/11/2007
U.S. Approves First Drug for Obese Dogs

Not a remedy for overweight people, FDA warns

1/10/2007
FDA Alerts Pharmaceutical Companies to Potentially Faulty Testing

Letters sent involve more than 1,100 generic and brand-name drugs

12/29/2006
Rising Number of Uninsured Tops Health News for 2006

Worries about food safety, antidepressants and stents also made headlines

12/28/2006
FDA Calls Food From Cloned Animals Safe

Critics disagree; public has 90 days to comment

12/28/2006
Cosmetic Wrinkle Filler Approved

Radiesse treats frown lines and other facial folds

12/27/2006
Generic Anti-Nausea Drug Approved

Zofran prescribed after surgery or chemotherapy

12/20/2006
Colazal Sanctioned for Pediatric Colitis

Previously approved for adults

12/20/2006
Invega Approved for Schizophrenia

But drug shouldn't be given to some elderly patients

12/20/2006
FDA Calls for Tougher Warnings on OTC Painkillers

Products such as aspirin, Tylenol and Motrin would be affected

12/19/2006
Generic Proscar Approved

Treats enlarged prostate

12/16/2006
FDA OKs Celebrex for Kids With Arthritis

Says benefits outweigh potential risks, but Pfizer will have to keep a long-term registry to evaluate safety issues

12/16/2006
FDA Panel Hits Antibiotic For Bronchitis, Sinusitis

Ketek can be used for pneumonia with tougher warning label, but is risky for lesser conditions, advisers recommend

12/15/2006
FDA Strengthens Warning on Heart Surgery Drug

Cardiovascular, kidney risks mean Trasylol should only be used in special circumstances

12/15/2006
U.S. Panels Begin Hearings on Antibiotic's Safety

Company defends Ketek while FDA defends 2004 approval of controversial drug

12/14/2006
Iceberg Lettuce Seen as Taco Bell E. coli Source

U.S. health officials declare outbreak over, but investigation continues

12/14/2006
Generic Wellbutrin XL Approved

Extended-release antidepressant sanctioned for major depressive disorder

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