Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
11/1/2005
Over-the-Counter Painkillers Raise Bleeding Risks

Especially in combination with aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen can trouble stomach, study finds

10/20/2005
New Diabetes Drug Poses Danger to Patients, Cardiologists Say

Researchers urge FDA to delay approval of muraglitazar

10/18/2005
Alzheimer's Drugs Raise Death Risk

But the increase is small and may not outweigh benefits, experts say

10/14/2005
Pregnant Women Not Using Acne Drug Properly: Study

Patients, doctors aren't taking precautions to prevent birth defects, researchers say

10/7/2005
Watchdog Group Claims GlaxoSmithKline Misled FDA

Public Citizen accuses drugmaker of hiding danger of popular asthma drug

9/29/2005
New Hormone Therapy for Menopause Approved

But HRT should be used with caution

9/16/2005
9/7/2005
FDA Taken to Task, Again

Prominent physician questions quick approval of 'lifestyle' drugs

9/6/2005
FDA Approves 4-in-1 Childhood Vaccine

It protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox in one shot

8/31/2005
New Treatment Approved for Short Children

Drug to help those with rare condition that neutralizes growth hormone

8/30/2005
Japanese Diabetes Combo Gets Nod

Combines two drugs in one pill

8/12/2005
FDA Approves Accutane Registration Program

Distributors, doctors and patients must sign up to get the acne drug

8/4/2005
New Uses for Blood Pressure Drug Approved

To improve chances for high-risk heart attack survivors

7/20/2005
Heart Device Maker Stayed Silent on Defects, Critics Claim

Guidant under fire for "foot-dragging" over recalled implantable defibs

7/20/2005
'Abortion Pill' Seems to Be Safe, Experts Say

Still, FDA warns that RU-486 may be linked to rare but deadly blood infections

7/15/2005
7/14/2005
Heart Failure Drug Stirs Controversy

Top cardiologists claim the maker of Natrecor is putting profits ahead of patient safety

7/13/2005
Critics Fault FDA's Advisory Board Policies

Debate focuses on conflict-of-interest waivers for voting members

7/13/2005
FDA Panel: Asthma Drugs Should Stay on Market

But advisers recommend new safety warning on labeling for one drug, Foradil

7/8/2005
FDA Orders Label Change for Impotence Drugs

Change will reflect reports of sudden vision loss among users

7/1/2005
Researchers Urge Caution on Ritalin-Cancer Link Finding

Despite FDA concerns, Texas scientists say their study was only preliminary

7/1/2005
FDA Told to Delay ADHD Drug Labeling Changes

Advisory panel suggests more safety data be gathered before any warnings are made

6/29/2005
FDA Gets Tough on ADHD Drugs

New labels that highlight psychiatric side effects will be ordered for one class of medicines

6/24/2005
Heart Drug Approved for Blacks Raises Race Issue

BiDil endorsed in milestone move by FDA

6/23/2005
Blood Test Predicts Heart Attack Risk

When patient complains of chest pain

6/16/2005
New Antibiotic Fights Stubborn Hospital Germs

Derived from tetracycline family

6/14/2005
Single-Dose Antibiotic Approved

Treats sinusitis, pneumonia

6/13/2005
Pfizer's Lyrica Approved for Epilepsy

New use for drug originally designed to treat diabetic pain

6/10/2005
Adult Whooping Cough Vaccine Approved

Boosts older shots that may have worn off

6/8/2005
Viagra Ingredient Helps Blood Pressure Disorder

Rare condition can destroy heart

5/27/2005
Kidney Disease Drug Approved in Capsule Form

May benefit up to 8 million Americans

5/5/2005
Requip Treats 'Restless Legs'

Compelling urge to move legs, often during sleep

5/3/2005
Whooping Cough Booster Shot Wins Approval

Also protects against tetanus and diphtheria

4/29/2005
New Diabetes Drug Comes From Lizard

Gila monster derivative helps manage blood sugar

4/28/2005
Weighing Risks, Benefits of Prescription Drugs

Patients should have more say in treatment decisions, some experts say

4/27/2005
Steady Diet of Soy Cuts Breast Cancer Risk

Study finds consumption can lower chances of disease by as much as 22%

4/19/2005
Heart Failure Drug May Raise Death Risk

Use nesiritide only as "last resort," researchers say

4/18/2005
Oral Rinse Targets Gingivitis

Kills bacteria that cause gum inflammation

4/15/2005
Ephedra Court Ruling Rekindles Debate

Herb's safety and FDA's power to regulate it at issue, experts say

4/15/2005
Two-Drug Combo May Best Replace Bextra, Vioxx

Non-cox-2 painkiller plus an acid-reducer is safer and cheaper, study finds

4/14/2005
Ephedra Ban Lifted by U.S. District Judge

FDA says it's evaluating the ruling before deciding whether to appeal

4/14/2005
FDA Panel's Breast Implant Ruling Puzzles, Pleases

Debate surrounds decision to choose one product over another

4/14/2005
New Device Coaches Patients at Home

Also lets doctors monitor self care

4/13/2005
In Reversal, FDA Panel Backs Return of Silicone Breast Implants

Second company persuasive in saying newer implants are safer

4/8/2005
Doctors Take Issue With Bextra Withdrawal

Some believe the decision to use the drug should stay with physicians

4/8/2005
New Sealant Protects Brain After Surgery

Guards against fluid leakage from incision

4/7/2005
Pfizer Withdraws Bextra From Market

Move follows FDA concerns about drug's health risks

4/1/2005
Once-Daily Asthma Inhaler Approved

For people age 12 and older

3/30/2005
New Drug Treats Endometriosis Pain

Condition affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age

3/30/2005
New Drug for Hepatitis B

Slows virus that causes deadly liver disease