Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
10/2/2015
FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer

Keytruda shrank tumors in some patients with advanced disease

9/22/2015
Lonsurf Approved for Advanced Colon Cancer

Among people who aren't responding to other treatments

9/18/2015
Vraylar Approved for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Label warns against use by certain elderly

9/18/2015
FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Vraylar is an atypical antipsychotic taken once a day

9/15/2015
FDA Bans Sale of New R.J. Reynolds Cigarettes

Products didn't meet requirement that they be substantially the same as existing cigarettes, agency says

9/11/2015
Beware Unregulated Stem Cell Treatments, Experts Warn

Clinics selling treatments that are unproven, researcher says

9/11/2015
Could Eating Fish Help Ward Off Depression?

Consuming more meals from the sea linked to lower risk, study suggests, but cause-and-effect not proven

9/10/2015
FDA Acts to Make Food Safer in Wake of Outbreaks

New rules focus on cleanliness of manufacturing facilities

9/9/2015
Dangers of Vaginal Mesh Surgery for Incontinence May Be Overstated: Study

It found only 1 in 30 women will suffer a complication that requires a second procedure

9/2/2015
FDA Issues Warning About Skin Lighteners

Injectable products may contain unknown substances or contaminants

9/2/2015
Anti-Nausea Drug Approved

For adults undergoing chemotherapy

8/28/2015
FDA Warns of Joint Pain Tied to Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

Agency advises users with such symptoms to contact their doctor

8/28/2015
FDA Approves Repatha for High Cholesterol

A leading cause of heart disease

8/28/2015
FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

Trials showed Repatha slashed 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels in those who couldn't tolerate statins

8/24/2015
Promacta Approval Expanded to Kids With Rare Blood Disorder

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura involves low blood platelet counts

8/19/2015
Female Libido Pill Approved

Addyi to treat low sexual desire among premenopausal women

8/19/2015
FDA Approves Libido Pill for Women -- With Restrictions

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

8/17/2015
FDA Could Approve First Female Libido Pill Soon

But flibanserin's safety and effectiveness still being debated

8/13/2015
Drug Avastin Not Linked to Higher Risk of Blindness: Study

Researchers found medication didn't increase odds of serious eye infection

8/4/2015
FDA Approves First Pill Made by 3D Printing

Epilepsy drug Spritam may be one of many custom-made medicines to come that will use the technology

7/29/2015
How Well Does the Newly Approved Weight-Loss 'Balloon' Work?

Expert notes it will probably only be effective for short-term weight loss

7/29/2015
Balloon Device Approved to Treat Obesity

Inflated in stomach, it may create sense of fullness

7/29/2015
FDA Approves 'Belly Balloon' Device for Weight Loss

Inflated with sterile solution and kept in stomach for no more than 6 months, it makes people feel full

7/27/2015
Drug Makers May Delay Reporting Patient Harms to FDA: Study

Analysis found roughly 10 percent of cases were filed after 15-day deadline passed

7/27/2015
Praluent Approved to Treat High Cholesterol

For people at risk of heart attack or stroke

7/24/2015
FDA OKs First of New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

Praluent for people with prior history of heart attack or stroke who've already tried a statin

7/24/2015
New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

Odomzo is a pill for locally advanced basal cell carcinoma

7/24/2015
Technivie Approved for Hepatitis C

For people with a genetic subtype of the liver infection

7/24/2015
7/24/2015
FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling

Adding 'percent daily value' would help consumers avoid unneeded, harmful calories, agency says

7/24/2015
Test to Differentiate HIV Viruses Approved

Among people two years and older

7/16/2015
Novel Leg Prosthesis Approved

For people who can't use conventional device

7/13/2015
Rexulti Approved for Schizophrenia, Depression

But shouldn't be prescribed to some older people

7/13/2015
U.S. FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Major Depression

Medication can be used as an add-on therapy to antidepressants

7/10/2015
Experts Urge Caution With Popular Painkillers After FDA Warning

Tougher labels reflect mounting evidence that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen raise heart, stroke risk

7/10/2015
FDA Strengthens Heart Attack, Stroke Warning for Popular Painkillers

NSAIDS include such drugs as ibuprofen and naproxen; aspirin not included in alert

7/9/2015
FDA Approves New Drug for Heart Failure

Entresto was granted 'fast track' approval by the agency

7/7/2015
Entresto Approved for Heart Failure

When heart can't pump enough blood

7/2/2015
Orkambi Approved for Cystic Fibrosis

When disease caused by mutated gene from each parent

7/1/2015
Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

These prescription meds have been available for years, but safety, quality are concerns

6/23/2015
Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

Review of 79 studies suggests states may have put cart before the horse, experts say

6/22/2015
Anti-Clotting Drug Approved For Angioplasty

Kengreal prevents blood platelets from accumulating

6/18/2015
FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online

International effort takes aim at more than 1,050 websites

6/18/2015
Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?

Medications may cost as much as $12,000 per person each year

6/17/2015
Improved Artificial Heart Valve Approved

Changes designed to minimize leaks

6/16/2015
FDA Tells Food Industry to Stop Using Artificial Trans Fats

Agency gives manufacturers three years to remove them from all foods sold to Americans

6/15/2015
Brain Stimulation Device Approved for Parkinson's and Essential Tremor

For use after medication alone proves inadequate

6/15/2015
FDA Ban on Harmful Trans Fats Expected Soon

Food companies will likely need to petition government before using partially hydrogenated oils

6/15/2015
FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for Parkinson's Disease

Brio Neurostimulation System is second such device approved for tremor disorders

6/11/2015
FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of 2nd New Cholesterol Drug

Trials show they slash levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol, and could benefit those who don't tolerate statins