Food and Drug Administration News

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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

12/15/2015
Bridion Approved to Reverse Effects of Surgical Drugs

Medications used during surgery to paralyze vocal chords

12/11/2015
Alecensa Approved for Lung Cancer Tied to Gene Mutation

Drug to be used for ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancers

12/11/2015
Vistogard Approved for Chemotherapy Overdose

For drugs often prescribed to treat breast, colon cancers

12/9/2015
Cooling Cap to Reduce Chemo-Linked Hair Loss OK'd

Designed for women diagnosed with breast cancer

12/8/2015
Doctors Rally in Support of Fibroid Device Curbed by FDA

Agency overstated odds of power morcellator spreading cancer, review group says

12/8/2015
Vonvendi Approved to Control Bleeding Disorder

Clotting factor sanctioned for von Willebrand disease

12/8/2015
Kanuma Approved for Rare Missing-Enzyme Disease

Wolman disease triggers fat buildup, leading to heart and liver problems

11/30/2015
Empliciti Approved for Multiple Myeloma

Drug boosts immune system to destroy cancer cells

11/24/2015
Portrazza Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer

The top cause of cancer death in the United States

11/24/2015
Opdivo Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

More than 14,000 projected to die from disease this year

11/24/2015
Anthrax Vaccine Approval Expanded

Now sanctioned for adults 18 to 65 with known or suspected exposure

11/19/2015
Narcan Nasal Spray Approved to Counter Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

First-of-its-kind drug sanctioned to reverse effects of heroin or oxycodone use

11/19/2015
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Drug marketed as Narcan offers new treatment option for family members or first responders

11/19/2015
Genetically Engineered Salmon Gets FDA Approval

It's first animal-based food to get OK from the agency, which says it's safe to eat and doesn't need special label

11/18/2015
Charges Filed Against Makers of Nutritional Supplements

One company in nationwide sweep sold products with ingredient that caused liver damage, FDA says

11/16/2015
Darzalex Approved for Multiple Myeloma

For people who have received other treatments

11/13/2015
FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules

Farms, importers will be responsible for preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness

11/11/2015
FDA Wants Public Comment on Use of Word 'Natural' on Food Labels

Request is response to citizen petitions asking that the agency define the term

11/10/2015
Cotellic Approved for Advanced Melanoma

Nearly 10,000 projected to die this year from deadly skin cancer

10/29/2015
FDA Approves Expanded Use for Melanoma Drug

Yervoy can now be used after surgery to reduce risk of deadly skin cancer returning

10/28/2015
Injected Drug Approved for Melanoma Skin Cancer

Imlygic designed to rupture and kill cancer cells

10/28/2015
New Treatment for Melanoma Gets FDA Approval

In early trial, genetically engineered cold sore virus was injected into tumors, caused them to rupture and die

10/23/2015
Onivyde Approved for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Thousands projected to die from hard-to-treat disease

10/23/2015
New Drug Approved for Soft-Tissue Cancer

Disease most often affects head, neck, extremities and torso

10/23/2015
Illnesses, Deaths Spur FDA Warning on Hepatitis C Drugs

Cautionary label will be added to Viekira Pak and Technivie, agency says

10/22/2015
FDA Approves New Pancreatic Cancer Drug

Agency says medication can be used in combination with others for advanced cases

10/21/2015
Coagadex Approved for Rare Clotting Disorder

First coagulation therapy sanctioned for Factor X deficiency

10/18/2015
Pill for Low Libido in Women Goes on Sale on Saturday

Flibanserin can cause low blood pressure, loss of consciousness; not recommended for use with alcohol

10/16/2015
FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner's Effect

Praxbind cleared for emergency use with Pradaxa when bleeding can't be controlled

10/15/2015
FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Danger for people who don't speak English well or have limited access to health services, agency says

10/14/2015
Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

Weight-loss products, energy boosters are common culprits, study finds

10/6/2015
Aristada Approved for Schizophrenia

Long-acting drug injected every four-to-six weeks

10/6/2015
Optune Device Approved for Newly Diagnosed Brain Cancer

Emits electric pulses designed to thwart tumor growth

10/5/2015
FDA Orders Studies on Contaminated Endoscopes Tied to Illness Outbreaks

Duodenoscopes used at 2 Los Angeles hospitals carried drug-resistant 'superbug'

10/2/2015
Keytruda Approved for Leading Form of Lung Cancer

Helps immune system fight non-small cell lung cancer