Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
12/16/2004
Longer-Term Sleeping Pill Approved

Shows few signs of addictive side effects

12/13/2004
Equetro OK'd for Bipolar Disorder

Patient trials showed little blood glucose change

12/7/2004
U.S. Imports 1.2 Million More Flu Shots

German-made vaccine procured under investigational drug application

12/6/2004
U.S. Moves to Further Protect Food Supply

Effort is last of four measures to head off bioterror threat

12/3/2004
New Treatment for Overactive Bladder

Condition affects up to 20 million Americans

12/1/2004
'PillCam' Allows Doctors to Inspect Esophagus

May thwart pre-cancerous condition

11/24/2004
Safety of Entire Family of Painkillers Questioned

Experts still see a key role for cox-2 inhibitors

11/23/2004
FDA Tightens Restrictions on Accutane

Approves registry to protect women of childbearing age

11/22/2004
Electronic Device Tracks Surgical Cases

Ensures operation is done on correct patient

11/19/2004
How Safe Are the 5 Drugs?

FDA, pharmaceuticals defend process after insider names questionable medications

11/19/2004
New Drug for Advanced Lung Cancer

Extended life for some in trials

11/18/2004
FDA, Drug Industry Under Fire on Safety

Officials rebut charges they dragged feet on dangerous medications

11/16/2004
FDA: Science, Not Politics, Behind RU-486 Warning

Agency denies pressure to put tough label on abortion pill

11/15/2004
Prescription Drugs to Get Electronic IDs

FDA, pharmaceutical measure aims to curtail counterfeiting

11/5/2004
Colon Cancer Drug Wins Additional Approval

OK to combine with chemo after tumor removal

10/29/2004
Help for Dialysis Patients

New drug helps manage phosphorus levels

10/27/2004
Artificial Spinal Disc Approved

To help ease lower back pain

10/22/2004
Ultrasound Device Zaps Uterine Tumors

Not intended for childbearing women

10/18/2004
Partial Artificial Heart Approved

For patients awaiting transplant

10/15/2004
Tough Warnings Ordered for All Antidepressants

FDA says 'black-box' warning on labels is response to youth suicide potential

10/13/2004
Despite U.S. Ban, Drug Import Programs Proliferate

Federal officials weigh options as states, cities move to help residents save money

10/11/2004
FDA Denies Knowing Extent of Flu Vaccine Production Problems

Top official says agency didn't realize British plant would be shut

10/6/2004
10/1/2004
New Opioid Painkiller Approved

Labeling warns of potential for abuse

10/1/2004
Vioxx Users Can Find Safe Alternatives

Other drugs on the market offer arthritis relief, experts say

9/30/2004
Arthritis Drug Vioxx Pulled From Market

New study shows long-term use raises heart attack, stroke risk

9/17/2004
FDA Backs Warnings on Antidepressants for Children

Move comes in response to concerns about suicide risk

9/17/2004
Nonprescription Defibrillators Approved

To regulate abnormal heartbeat

9/15/2004
Antidepressant Warning Might Keep Kids From Care

Most children do benefit from these drugs, doctors stress

9/15/2004
9/13/2004
Implanted Lens Corrects Nearsightedness

But trials unearth potential risk

9/8/2004
Health Claims OK'd for Foods with Fatty Acids

FDA says fish, supplements with omega-3 cuts heart disease

9/7/2004
Antidepressant Approved for Diabetes Pain

5 Milllion Americans May Benefit

9/3/2004
FDA Nod Won't Guarantee Drug Safety

Studies on Vioxx, Zocor find post-approval problems

8/31/2004
New Stent System Helps Prevent Stroke

Thwarts blockages in neck artery that pumps blood to brain

8/27/2004
Hospital Probes Recalled After Children Die

Device tied to bacterial infections in intensive care unit

8/24/2004
Antipsychotic Drug Approved for Bipolar Mania

With less chance of weight gain, maker says

8/13/2004
New Drugs Thwart Dirty Bomb Effects

Rid body of radioactive elements

8/6/2004
Antidepressant Targets Two Brain Chemicals

New users should be monitored closely, FDA says

8/5/2004
Drug Plumps Faces Drawn by HIV

Sculptra reverses gaunt appearance

8/4/2004
New Anti-AIDS Combinations Approved

Patients take fewer pills

8/3/2004
Lipitor Can Prevent Heart Attacks

Cholesterol drug approved for new use

8/2/2004
Helping Alcoholics Stay Sober

Campral works to prevent relapses

7/28/2004
Cholesterol-Lowering Combo Approved

Fights the artery clogging substance 2 ways

7/21/2004
Bill Will Force Food Labels to List Allergens

House passes bill mandating plain English

7/21/2004
Botox OK'd for Excessive Sweating

Fourth approval for anti-wrinkle drug

7/16/2004
Topical Cream for Skin Cancer

When surgery is less preferred

7/14/2004
New Software Detects Lung Growths

Helps radiologists reading CT scans

7/12/2004
Device Aids Coronary Bypasses

Gives surgeons use of 'robotic' arms

7/8/2004
Appendicitis Diagnostic Test Approved

Checks for signs of infection