Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

3/27/2003
New Class of Drugs Treats Growth Disorder

Condition caused by excess hormone

3/26/2003
Drug Helps Queasy Chemotherapy Patients

Controls nausea and vomiting

3/18/2003
Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow

Less painful than surgery

3/14/2003
Lower-Dose Version of HRT Drug Approved

Prempro treats menopausal symptoms

3/14/2003
A New Class of AIDS Drug

Keeps HIV out of immune cells

3/13/2003
Tougher Regulation of Supplements Sparks Dispute

Debate rages over need for safety, effectiveness rules

3/12/2003
New Treatments for Facial Wrinkles, Acne Scars

No pre-treatment skin test required

3/10/2003
Journal Urges Overhaul of Supplement Rules

JAMA wants them regulated much like drugs

3/5/2003
Phosphate Fighter

Drug helps cut mineral levels in dialysis patients

2/28/2003
U.S. Seeks Tough Warning Labels for Ephedra

FDA wants word 'death' included; critics want ban

2/26/2003
Personal Programmable Pacemaker

Doctor can tailor device to suit patient's needs

2/14/2003
New Test Helps Rule Out Heart Attack

Cobalt measurement has high accuracy rate for chest pain

2/12/2003
Effexor XR OK'd For Social Anxiety Disorder

Third most common psychiatric ailment in U.S.

2/11/2003
Zoloft Cleared for Another Use

Long-Term Social Anxiety Disorder

2/7/2003
Avonex Approved for Early Multiple Sclerosis

May now be prescribed after first 'event'

2/4/2003
Ceramic Hip Replacement

Said to last longer, especially in younger patients

1/31/2003
Psoriasis Drug Goes Beyond Creams

Tames overactive immune cells in skin

1/21/2003
Drug for Kids With Epilepsy

Treats partial seizures

1/10/2003
Study: Supplements Need More Scrutiny in U.S.

Poison centers have no information on most of them

1/3/2003
FINACEA Approved for Rosacea

Gel helps clear ruddy skin condition