Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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