Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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.