Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

7/22/2003
Combination Ear Infection Drug OK'd

For swimmer's ear and other ills

7/21/2003
Blood Test Predicts Heart Disease

Measures protein that raises risk

7/9/2003
Food Labels to Contain Trans Fats

U.S. orders addition of dangerous acid by 2006

7/9/2003
First Test for West Nile Virus

Fast results, earlier diagnosis

7/8/2003
Dual System for Diabetics

Monitors, corrects abnormal blood sugar

6/25/2003
Side-by-Side Heart Aids Win Approval

To prevent 2nd attack or 2nd stroke

6/23/2003
First Once-Daily AIDS Drug Gets Green Light

No cure, but allows patients to live years longer

6/23/2003
Prilosec Goes Over-the-Counter

Treats frequent heartburn

6/23/2003
First Biotech Drug for Allergy-Related Asthma

Revolutionary treatment approach

6/20/2003
Nerve Agent Treatment Approved for Children

Also counters insecticide poisoning

6/18/2003
First Nasal Flu Vaccine Cleared

For most, no more needles

6/3/2003
Antibiotic Approved for Chronic Prostate Infection

One-third of men over 50 may have chronic bacterial prostatitis

5/20/2003
Cancer Drug Approved for Childhood Leukemia

FDA grants 4th use for Gleevec

5/16/2003
Lower-Cost Implantable Defibrillator

Restores normal heart rhythm

5/14/2003
Quick Approval for Cancer Treatment

Velcade targets blood malignancy

5/8/2003
Blood Filtration System Gets Nod

'Burps' air from collection bags

5/6/2003
Bioterror Measures Aim to Keep Food Safe

FDA to force companies to keep logs and may seize suspect items

5/5/2003
Controversial Lung Cancer Drug Approved

For cases that don't respond to traditional therapies

5/1/2003
New Breath Test for Monitoring Asthma

Checks if medications are working

4/25/2003
Treatment for Rare Genetic Disorder Approved

Fabry disease usually leads to early death

4/24/2003
FDA Approves First Drug-Coated Stent

Device expected to sharply reduce re-clogging of vessels

4/24/2003
Drug-Releasing Coronary Stent Gets Nod

Keeps unclogged arteries from re-blocking

4/23/2003
Implanted Device Prevents GERD

Inhibits backup of stomach acid

4/22/2003
Three-Minute AIDS Test Wins Approval

Much faster than conventional tests

4/17/2003
Cholesterol Drug OK'd for Heart Problems

Even if cholesterol levels aren't high

4/16/2003
'Brain Pacemaker' Treats Primary Dystonia

Movement disorder has no known cause

4/11/2003
New Kidney Transplant Regimen Approved

Relies less on immune-suppressing drug

4/2/2003
Drug for Impaired Heart Function

For people who have already had a heart attack

4/1/2003
Wider Use of Cervical Cancer Test OK'd

For women over 30 who get Pap tests

3/31/2003
Burn Lotion Approved for U.S. Military

Neutralizes chemical weapons