Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
9/8/2004
Health Claims OK'd for Foods with Fatty Acids

FDA says fish, supplements with omega-3 cuts heart disease

9/7/2004
Antidepressant Approved for Diabetes Pain

5 Milllion Americans May Benefit

9/3/2004
FDA Nod Won't Guarantee Drug Safety

Studies on Vioxx, Zocor find post-approval problems

8/31/2004
New Stent System Helps Prevent Stroke

Thwarts blockages in neck artery that pumps blood to brain

8/27/2004
Hospital Probes Recalled After Children Die

Device tied to bacterial infections in intensive care unit

8/24/2004
Antipsychotic Drug Approved for Bipolar Mania

With less chance of weight gain, maker says

8/13/2004
New Drugs Thwart Dirty Bomb Effects

Rid body of radioactive elements

8/6/2004
Antidepressant Targets Two Brain Chemicals

New users should be monitored closely, FDA says

8/5/2004
Drug Plumps Faces Drawn by HIV

Sculptra reverses gaunt appearance

8/4/2004
New Anti-AIDS Combinations Approved

Patients take fewer pills

8/3/2004
Lipitor Can Prevent Heart Attacks

Cholesterol drug approved for new use

8/2/2004
Helping Alcoholics Stay Sober

Campral works to prevent relapses

7/28/2004
Cholesterol-Lowering Combo Approved

Fights the artery clogging substance 2 ways

7/21/2004
Bill Will Force Food Labels to List Allergens

House passes bill mandating plain English

7/21/2004
Botox OK'd for Excessive Sweating

Fourth approval for anti-wrinkle drug

7/16/2004
Topical Cream for Skin Cancer

When surgery is less preferred

7/14/2004
New Software Detects Lung Growths

Helps radiologists reading CT scans

7/12/2004
Device Aids Coronary Bypasses

Gives surgeons use of 'robotic' arms

7/8/2004
Appendicitis Diagnostic Test Approved

Checks for signs of infection

6/30/2004
FDA OKs Medicinal Use of Leeches

They sop up pooled blood

6/30/2004
First Easy-to-Use Anthrax Test Approved

Results available in about an hour

6/29/2004
It's Official: Leeches Are Medical Applications

Bloodsuckers win FDA nod for treating skin grafts

6/19/2004
U.S. Probe: Canadian Web Pharmacies Best-Behaved

Kennedy, others say GAO report undermines arguments over safety

6/1/2004
Overactive Bladder Drug Approved

Relaxes muscles, reducing contractions

5/27/2004
Revenge on Montezuma's Revenge

New drug treats travelers' diarrhea

5/21/2004
Drug Approved for Bone Marrow Disorders

Rare conditions could lead to leukemia

5/20/2004
Doubts Surface About Over-the-Counter Statins

British decision to let drug be sold without a prescription called "unfortunate"

5/20/2004
Breast Cancer Drug Gets Nod for Prostate Cancer

For cases that don't respond to hormone therapy

5/19/2004
Group Seeks Ban on Cholesterol Drug

Maker, FDA deny charges that Crestor causes kidney damage

5/7/2004
FDA Adds New Hurdle to 'Morning-After' Pill

Agency officials deny move was politically motivated

5/6/2004
Support for Canadian Drug Imports Hits Groundswell

Top U.S. health official's remarks trigger a torrent

5/4/2004
Enbrel Approved to Treat Psoriasis

Tames inflamed skin lesions

4/22/2004
4/20/2004
Fast-Acting Insulin Wins OK

Helps diabetics manage hyperglycemia

4/1/2004
Report Cites Ways to Keep Dietary Supplements Safe

Says FDA, industry can do more to banish bad products

3/31/2004
Injectable Zyprexa Approved

Suppresses acute agitation

3/26/2004
Oral Test for HIV Gets Green Light

FDA approves rapid screen that gives results in 20 minutes

3/26/2004
Rapid HIV Test for Needle-Leery People

FDA approves test that uses outer gum cells

3/24/2004
Generic Oxycontin Wins Approval

Will action invite more abuse?

3/11/2004
U.S. to Crack Down on Andro Supplement

Performance enhancer poses significant health risks, officials say

3/9/2004
New Drug Treats Overactive Parathyroid Gland

Regulates minerals in the body

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