Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
5/10/2016
FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy'

Agency acknowledges changing standards, concerns

5/6/2016
Young LGBT Adults Are Target of FDA Stop-Smoking Campaign

Tobacco use is common among these 18- to 24-year-olds, agency says

5/6/2016
Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S.

Longer wait time for vital acute-care meds despite legislation, study says

5/6/2016
FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Agency also wants other retail restrictions on access to vaping products

5/3/2016
Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do

Check for local take-back events, or contact the DEA for collection locations

5/2/2016
Nuplazid Approved for Parkinson's Hallucinations

Half of people with Parkinson's may have them

4/26/2016
Drug for Yeast Infections May Raise Miscarriage Risk, FDA Warns

Agency recommends alternatives to fluconazole for mothers-to-be until its review is complete

4/22/2016
FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm

The therapy carries too many risks that updated labeling can't eliminate, the agency says

4/19/2016
FDA Launches Ad Campaign Against Chewing Tobacco

Health officials targeting rural teens with messages about health risks of smokeless tobacco products

4/14/2016
No Drop in Teen Use of Tobacco Products, CDC Says, and E-Cigs May Be Why

Electronic smoking devices have now eclipsed traditional cigarettes as most widely used product among kids

4/14/2016
Makers of Corn Masa Flour Can Add Folic Acid

Vitamin helps prevent birth defects

4/12/2016
Doctors Often Overestimate Promise of Newly Approved Drugs

Many misinterpret FDA 'breakthrough' designation, survey finds

4/11/2016
Venclexta Approved for Specific Genetic Blood Cancer

A form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia

4/8/2016
First Wire-Free Pacemaker Approved

Treats irregular heartbeat without wired leads

4/7/2016
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

But most women aren't candidates for morcellation procedure because of cancer risk, agency says

4/7/2016
FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker

Heart experts explain that wire lead in typical pacemakers can malfunction and need repair

4/6/2016
Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

For adults with Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis

4/5/2016
FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk

Warning pertains to drugs containing saxagliptin or alogliptin

4/1/2016
FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

The element occurs naturally in soil and water; rice plants absorb it more than other crops, agency says

3/30/2016
FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations

But agency still asks those who've possibly been exposed to the virus to forgo giving blood right now

3/30/2016
FDA Eases Restrictions on Abortion Medication

Women will have an easier time accessing mifepristone

3/30/2016
3/24/2016
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent

One more step to combat the epidemic of potent painkiller abuse

3/23/2016
Cinqair Approved for Severe Asthma

Helps reduce certain white blood cells that contribute to the disease

3/21/2016
Inhalation Anthrax Treatment Approved

A potential bioterror threat

3/21/2016
FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves

Side effects include airway and wound inflammation, agency says

3/15/2016
Don't Take Short Cuts With Contact Lens Care, FDA Warns

Solutions with hydrogen peroxide can cause eye damage if two-step process isn't followed carefully

3/11/2016
3/9/2016
Be Wary of Imported Supplements: FDA

Officials say scammers often target groups that don't speak English, have limited access to health care

3/7/2016
Idelvion Approved for Hemophilia B

Replaces deficient clotting factor

2/29/2016
FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive

Agency says device remains 'appropriate' for many women, but also cites reports of serious complications

2/27/2016
Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications

Unapproved foreign drugs can't be brought into the country without permission, FDA advises

2/23/2016
Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating

If mom or dad had mental health issues, children were pickier about what they ate, study finds

2/19/2016
Briviact Approved for Epileptic Seizures

Among people 16 and older

2/3/2016
New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

In early trial, dupilumab helped treat nasal polyps that contribute to the illness

1/29/2016
FDA Warns of Lead Poisoning Risk From Cosmetic Clay

Agency tells users of Bentonite Me Baby to stop using product, get checked by their doctor

1/29/2016
Zepatier Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

Liver disease affects some 3 million Americans

1/28/2016
Halaven Approved for Advanced Soft Tissue Cancer

FDA says it's first liposarcoma drug to improve survival

1/20/2016
New IBS Drug Eases Stomach Pain and Diarrhea for Some: Study

But Viberzi is not a 'silver bullet,' digestive-disease doctor says

1/18/2016
FDA Approves Redesign of Endoscope Tied to Infections

Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope had been linked to serious infections, but redesign should lower the risk

1/15/2016
Newly Designed Endoscope Receives FDA Approval

Manufacturer made changes to reduce risk of 'superbug' infection

1/8/2016
Protect Yourself From Colds and Flu This Winter

FDA offers prevention tips, and backs flu vaccination

1/8/2016
Some Steps to Help Protect Yourself From Cancer

Screening and a healthy lifestyle are key, physician says

1/7/2016
Device Approved for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Wounds lead to thousands of amputations annually

12/30/2015
It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Influenza activity usually peaks in January or February, FDA says

12/23/2015
Zurampic Approved for Gout

Drug helps control blood levels of uric acid

12/22/2015
Uptravi Approved for Chronic Lung Disease

Pulmonary arterial hypertension

12/18/2015
New Device Approved for Fecal Incontinence

Inability to control bowels often stems from muscle damage

12/18/2015
FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Ban for Minors

Agency also wants those over 18 to sign papers stating they know health risks before using the beds

12/17/2015
LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator Approved for Children

For heart patients who can't have device implanted