Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
1/27/2006
Soy Claim as Heart Helper in Dispute

New findings could change FDA rules on claims made by soy products

1/27/2006
Inhaled Insulin Approved for Diabetics

First new delivery option in decades

1/26/2006
New Treatment for Stomach and Kidney Cancers

Deprives tumors of blood and nutrients

1/26/2006
FDA Approves New Drug for Two Cancers

Sutent works against stomach and kidney cancers

1/24/2006
Controversial Weight-Loss Drug May Go Over-the-Counter

But as FDA weighs approval, critics voice concerns about Xenical

1/24/2006
FDA Panel Calls for Ban on Some Asthma Inhalers

Certain over-the-counter products contain chemical that can damage ozone layer

1/18/2006
Prescription Drug Labels Get User-Friendly Overhaul

FDA action is designed to help doctors and consumers, officials say

1/17/2006
New Test Spots More Recurrences of Bladder Cancer

Measures key protein found in urine, raises rate of detection of disease

1/16/2006
FDA: Drug Name Confusion Makes Imports Dangerous

Agency warns of prescription mix-ups, but critics suspect an anti-import agenda

1/12/2006
U.S. Moves to Improve Drug-Approval Process

FDA initiatives designed to aid scientists in early stages of research

1/12/2006
Trans Fat on Food Labels: Now You See It, Now You Don't

New FDA rules allow fewer than 0.5 grams of unhealthy fat to not count

1/3/2006
Drug Approved to Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence

Study shows it's more effective than gold-standard preventive

12/30/2005
Trans Fat Food Labels Are Coming

Starting New Year's Day, labeling also will list potential allergens

12/29/2005
New Treatment Sanctioned for Bone Marrow Disorder

But similar drug known to cause birth defects

12/27/2005
New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Approved

Blocks immune system signal

12/23/2005
Tamiflu Approved to Prevent Flu in Kids Under 12

But it's not a substitute for a flu shot, FDA says

12/20/2005
Nexavar Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

Disease kills about 12,000 annually

12/19/2005
FDA Recalls Drug Used to Diagnose Appendicitis

NeutroSpec linked to 2 deaths, 20 'life-threatening' reactions, agency says

12/17/2005
'Canadian' Drugs Come From Other Countries: FDA

Four-airport sting operation found drugs shipped from nations like Costa Rica and Israel

12/14/2005
Major Painkiller Trial to Start

Experts concerned that trial is funded by maker of one of the drugs to be studied

12/10/2005
Vioxx Drama Echoes Earlier Concerns About Missing Data

Renewed outrage triggered by medical journal's charge that drug maker withheld heart risks

12/9/2005
New England Journal Charges Merck Deleted Vioxx Study Data

Editors contend drugmaker withheld information on heart risks before findings were given to journal

12/1/2005
Acetaminophen Overdose a Growing Threat

Too much of the active ingredient in Tylenol can cause liver failure, researchers warn

11/30/2005
Abortion Pill Deaths Probed

Battle continues over Mifeprex's safety after rare cases of fatal infection

11/30/2005
Older Antipsychotic Drugs No Safer Than New Ones

Researchers warn about replacing the newer meds that carry warnings

11/18/2005
Doctors Not Heeding 'Black-Box' Warnings on Rx Drugs

For example, many aren't ordering lab tests as indicated on label, study finds

11/10/2005
New Pain Control System Approved

Gives patients more control of medication delivery

11/9/2005
FDA Denies Lycopene Supplement Health Claims

Agency says there's little proof to substantiate cancer-prevention assertions

11/7/2005
Barriers Exist to Optimal Asthma Treatment

They include preferred drug lists and preauthorization policies, studies find

11/3/2005
Merck Wins 2nd Vioxx Lawsuit

Unlike first case, plaintiff failed to prove drug caused his heart attack

11/3/2005
FDA Approves Pancreatic Cancer Drug

Tarceva to be used in combination with gemcitabine chemotherapy

11/3/2005
Direct-to-Consumer Drug Ads Come Under Scrutiny

Widely divergent opinions of their worth emerge at FDA hearings

11/2/2005
Experimental MS Drug Carries Dangers

Risk of fatal brain infection may outweigh Tysabri's benefits, study shows

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