Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

8/15/2002
FDA Approves Lexapro as Newest Antidepressant

NYC company offers a re-engineered version of Celexa

8/8/2002
7/24/2002
Defibrillators Approved for Wider Use

Implanted devices jump-start the heart

7/24/2002
Irritable Bowel Drug Helps Women With Constipation

Zelnorm approved for short-term use only

7/17/2002
Sniff the Flu Goodbye?

FDA says inhaled flu vaccine doesn't need further trials

7/14/2002
FYI About Your Rx

Survey looks at information handed out with prescription drugs

6/26/2002
Bowel Drug Linked to Seizures

FDA says attacks associated with Visicol

4/30/2002
Doctors Urged to Be Wary of Prescribing New Drugs

Study: Deadly side effects may not show up till long after approval

4/29/2002
Manmade DNA May Ease Bowel Disease

Study finds it relieves colitis and Crohn's in mice

4/19/2002
U.S. Backpedals on Drug-Testing Rule for Kids

Says it will force companies to conduct clinical trials

3/19/2002
FDA Panel Gives Cold Shoulder to Cold Drug

Advisory group unanimously rejects pleconaril

2/28/2002
Maker of Accutane Changes Labeling

Revisions deal with acne drug's links to depression, suicide

2/13/2002
Consumer Drug Ad Spending Surges

Study says relaxed FDA guidelines didn't open floodgates

12/20/2001
Wear Your Heart Device Under Your Sleeve

FDA approves first defibrillator that isn't surgically implanted

11/9/2001
FDA: Protect Small Fry From CT Scans

Agency wants to reduce radiation exposure for kids, small adults

10/30/2001
Bioterror Drugs May Get Fast-Tracked

FDA considers whether to bypass human testing

10/18/2001
Studies Find Meat Rife With Drug-Resistant Germs

Researchers blame antibiotic overuse in animal feed

10/3/2001
FDA Approves Contraceptive Ring

New birth control device will be available next year

9/17/2001
Fertility Down the Tubes for Male Newborns?

Chemical in plastic medical tubes may affect boy babies' fertility, FDA finds

8/16/2001
FBI Seeks Victims in Cancer-Drug Dilution

Mo. pharmacist jailed without bail after being charged with tampering with dosages

8/9/2001
Group Links Asthma Inhaler to 17 Deaths

Consumer watchdog organization seeks FDA probe of Schering-Plough over Proventil

7/25/2001
Nasal Flu Vaccine Sniffing for Approval

FDA panel to weigh recommending spray mist that could appeal to the shot-wary

7/11/2001
FDA Approval of Obesity Belt Faulted

Study and surgeons say Lap-Band not all it's cracked up to be

6/8/2001
Surgically Implanted Obesity Belt Approved

FDA gives nod to adjustable device that helps shed critical weight

5/18/2001
U.S. Warns of Phony AIDS, Chemo Drugs

Counterfeiters strike expensive remedies

5/12/2001
Allergy Drugs May Be Sold Over the Counter

FDA panel approves move overwhelmingly

5/10/2001
FDA Approves Potent Leukemia Drug

Gleevec seen as major breakthrough against CML