Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

1/3/2003
Popular Asthma Drug Approved for Hay Fever

Singulair treats symptoms of both

1/2/2003
12/16/2002
Combination Vaccine for Kids

Six shots rolled into one

12/6/2002
Expanded Use for Chemotherapy Drug

Taxotere OK'd for early lung cancer treatment

12/4/2002
Levels of Possible Food Carcinogen Vary Widely

FDA report finds big differences within the same brands

12/3/2002
Parasite Drug for Children

Relieves diarrhea caused by water-borne bugs

11/27/2002
Bone-Building Osteoporosis Drug

Could help millions with thinning bones

11/27/2002
First Non-Stimulant ADHD Drug

Blocks reabsorption of brain chemical

11/22/2002
Heart Failure Lab Test

It detects elevated peptide levels

11/18/2002
New Schizophrenia Drug

Abilify has fewer side effects

11/11/2002
Rapid HIV Test

Results in less than 20 minutes

11/10/2002
FDA Wants You to Test Your Health Expertise

Federal agency quiz tests consumer health knowledge

11/7/2002
FDA Approves 20-Minute HIV Test

Government hails device as big step in infection detection

11/7/2002
Expanded Use of Heart Assist Pump

Device OK'd for severe congestive heart failure

11/5/2002
New Female Sterilization Method

It doesn't require surgery

11/4/2002
Study Ties 250 Baby Deaths Yearly to Drug Reactions

Researchers say they should be tested on the young first

10/28/2002
ZETIA Inhibits Cholesterol in Intestines

New class of drug limits absorption

9/20/2002
Clearer Liver Warning Urged for Painkillers

Tylenol maker says it plans to add one to label