Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

3/3/2006
Erbitux Approved to Treat Head and Neck Cancers

First new drug for these types of cancer in decades

3/3/2006
Controversial MS Drug Trial Flawed, Experts Say

Woman who died from rare infection shouldn't have been part of Tysabri study in first place, they note

3/1/2006
Studies Suggest Controversial Multiple Sclerosis Drug Is Safe

But some risk exists so more evaluation is needed, experts say

3/1/2006
Cancer Drug Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

In cases where other drugs don't work

3/1/2006
First Skin Patch to Treat Depression

Higher doses require dietary restrictions

2/23/2006
First Generic Version of Flonase Approved

Treats nasal allergy symptoms

2/21/2006
Antifungal Treatment Wins FDA Approval

Eraxis fights deadly blood infections common at hospitals

2/21/2006
Health Tip: Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

FDA elaborates on saccharin and aspartame

2/17/2006
FDA Approved Controversial MS Drug Too Quickly: Expert

But others say Tysabri, now withdrawn from market, met standard data requirements

2/17/2006
Birth-Control Patch May Boost Risk of Blood Clots

But a second study found no heightened risk, officials report

2/17/2006
U.S. Allows Withdrawn MS Drug to Return in Clinical Trial

FDA to consider Tysabri's full return to market next month

2/16/2006
Health Tip: Avoid Needless Ultrasounds of Fetus

FDA says they could be dangerous

2/14/2006
New Weight-Loss Drug Shows Promise

Trial results look good, but experts say rimonabant isn't a 'magic bullet'

2/13/2006
Vaccine Approved to Protect Children From Rotavirus

Prevents leading cause of diarrhea in kids

2/9/2006
FDA Panel Calls for Strongest Warning on ADHD Drugs

In close vote, committee recommends 'black box' label for methylphenidates such as Ritalin

2/3/2006
New Test Quickly Spots Bird Flu in People

It should benefit patients and help control potential outbreaks, officials say

2/1/2006
FDA Approves Inhaled Insulin for Diabetes

Exubera, first drug of its kind, could mean an end to injections for millions with the disease