Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
2/26/2004
First Cancer Drug That Cuts Off Blood Is OK'd

Prevents formation of new blood vessels

2/25/2004
FDA Moves to Cut Down on Medication Errors

Agency calls for bar codes on most drugs, biological products in hospitals

2/18/2004
U.S. Strikes Back Against Counterfeit Drugs

Officials launch multipronged attack to fight rise in illicit practice

2/13/2004
Revising the Guidelines for Hormone Replacement Therapy -- Again

Labels must warn of dementia risk for older women

2/12/2004
Anti-Cancer Drug Wins OK on 2nd Try

At center of Martha Stewart scandal

2/5/2004
New Drug for Rare Cancer

Usually related to asbestos exposure

2/3/2004
2/2/2004
FDA to Weigh Wisdom of Antidepressants for Kids

Widely used SSRIs and suicide connection discounted by most

1/29/2004
Despite U.S. Crackdown, Cities Still Offer Imported Meds

FDA warns prescriptions from other countries could pose serious health threat

1/27/2004
Sleep Disorder Drug Gets Nod

Keeps users awake

1/27/2004
Viagra: Rhymes With Niagara

New report demystifies the process of naming drugs

1/23/2004
New Parkinson's Device Limits Surgery

Stimulates both sides of brain at once

1/19/2004
Drug Approval Process Improving

FDA finds 2003 better than 2002, and adds things are moving faster

1/12/2004
Colon Cancer Drug Approved for Wider Use

Helps slow tumor growth, spread

12/30/2003
U.S. Bans Ephedra

Says diet supplement poses 'unreasonable risk'

12/30/2003
New Drug Treats Bipolar Disorder

Combats bouts of severe depression

12/23/2003
States, Cities Defy U.S. in Importing Drugs

FDA fights attempts to get cheaper Canadian medications

12/17/2003
'Morning-After' Pill Could Halve Unintended Pregnancies

Health experts say nonprescription Plan B is safe and effective

12/17/2003
Drug Company Fees to FDA Don't Buy Special Treatment

But they speed up approval times for new medicines, study finds

12/16/2003
First Weight-Loss Drug for Children Approved

But can have significant side effects

12/15/2003
European Wrinkle Smoother Approved

Joins Botox, Collegen

12/10/2003
Agency Clears Anthrax Test

Helps doctors confirm infection

12/9/2003
Gleevec Formally OK'd for Rare Cancer

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

12/8/2003
Manic Depression Drug Approved

A new use for Risperdal

12/1/2003
New Drug Treats Advanced Prostate Cancer

But severe allergic reactions are possible

11/21/2003
FDA Approves 3rd Impotence Drug

Cialis joins Viagra and Levitra

11/20/2003
Stomach Relief for People With Chronic Pain

One prescription combines 2 popular drugs

11/15/2003
FDA OKs 1st Chewable Contraceptive

Ovcon 35 has spearmint flavor

11/5/2003
Opposition Mounts to Controversial FDA Initiatives

Silicone breast implants and cloned animals for food proposals questioned

10/31/2003
FDA: Cloned Animals Safe to Eat

Critics say agency ignores scientific, ethical issues

10/21/2003
New AIDS Drug Clears

Fewer restrictions on use

10/17/2003
Paxil CR Approved for Social Anxiety Disorder

Longer-lasting version controls 'social phobia'

10/17/2003
Silicone Breast Implants Would Be Carefully Monitored

Approval dependent on follow-up safety reports

10/17/2003
New Alzheimer's Drug Approved

But it's no miracle cure

10/16/2003
Support Grows for Legalizing Imported Drugs

Governors, members of Congress, seniors oppose FDA policy

10/15/2003
FDA Ban Doesn't Block Cancer-Causing Plant Extract

Herbal products with artistolochic acid still available on Internet, study finds

10/14/2003
10/14/2003
New Fertility Technique Raises Eyebrows

Procedure discouraged in U.S. stops short of cloning

10/10/2003
New Skin Lotion for Hot Flashes

Will carry warnings of HRT risks

10/8/2003
10/2/2003
Drug Approved for Radiation Exposure

May protect against components of so-called 'dirty bomb'

9/30/2003
Pacemakers Go Digital

Doctors can gather data and program them faster

9/17/2003
New Antibiotic for Skin Infections

Usually affect hospital patients

9/17/2003
FDA Widens Crackdown on Imported Drugs

Targets company supplying medicine to employees of Springfield, Mass.

9/16/2003
Internet Rife With Bogus Claims on Herbs: Study

Many products wrongly tout their cure and treatment of diseases, say researchers

8/27/2003
8/20/2003
Erectile Dysfunction Drug Wins Approval

An alternative to Viagra

8/5/2003
Drug OK'd for GERD-Related Syndrome

For people with Barrett's esophagus

8/1/2003
Hepatitis C Drug for Children

Tames pediatric liver disease

7/29/2003
New Clotting Factor for Hemophiliacs

Eliminates possible germ transmission