Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

3/25/2005
Monthly Drug for Osteoporosis Approved

For postmenopausal women

3/24/2005
FDA Seeks Weaker Ethics Rules for Medical Trials, Critics Claim

But an agency official denies the accusation

3/24/2005
Device Treats Chest Aneurisms

Prevents rupture of aortic weak spot

3/21/2005
Consumer Confusion Persists on Painkillers' Safety

Some patients quit cox-2 therapy; others have cut back as questions remain

3/17/2005
Brain Cancer Drug Gets Wider Approval

With radiation, Temodar can extend patients' lives, FDA says

3/17/2005
Innovative Diabetes Drug Wins Approval

First Type 1 treatment since insulin

3/16/2005
Journal Commentary Labels FDA 'Timid and Toothless'

New England Journal of Medicine article claims agency too tied to industry

3/10/2005
Consumer Drug Ads Facing Their Moment of Truth

Less show, more show-and-tell seen in wake of drug safety hearings

2/28/2005
Hepatitis C Regimen Approved for HIV Patients

300,000 Americans infected with both

2/24/2005
Ibuprofen Controversy Continues After Pain Drug Hearings

Group says some children suffer rare, deadly syndrome after taking it

2/23/2005
New Treatment for Heart Failure

Blood pressure drug assumes dual role

2/19/2005
Health Experts Wary After FDA Panel's Cox-2 Recommendations

The painkillers' problems haven't gone away, they say

2/19/2005
Painkillers Should All Stay on Market, Despite Heart Risks: FDA Panel

Advisers vote to recommend keeping Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra available while finding all raise cardiovascular risks

2/18/2005
2/18/2005
Patients Urge FDA Panel Not to Ban Painkillers

Hearing gets personal tales of pain relief with cox-2s

2/17/2005
FDA Whistleblower Warns of Cox-2 Risks

Vioxx increases heart dangers dramatically, Graham tells government advisers

2/16/2005
Cox-2 Drugs Take Center Stage at Government Hearings

First of three days of testimony gets underway

2/15/2005
Studies Spell Bad News for Cox-2 Drugs

Results will be focus of three days of government hearings

2/14/2005
Cox-2 Drugs Boost Blood Pressure: Study

Other research finds more evidence of heart attack, stroke risk

2/14/2005
FDA to Weigh Fate of Bextra, Celebrex, Similar Drugs

Panel must balance health risks against benefits

1/24/2005
Study Blames Vioxx for Up to 140,000 Cases of Heart Disease

As many as 40 percent of cases may have been fatal, FDA scientist contends

1/14/2005
FDA Panel Nixes Over-The-Counter Sale of Cholesterol Drug

Advisers cite need for medical supervision when taking statins

1/13/2005
1/12/2005
Report Calls for Tougher Oversight of Alternative Medicine

It also suggests stricter regulation of dietary supplements