Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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