Food and Drug Administration News

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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

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