Food and Drug Administration News

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2/16/2015
Graphic Images on Cigarette Labels Affect Smokers' Brains: Study

Emotional pictures more memorable and reduce urge to smoke, researchers say

2/13/2015
FDA Approves Drug for Advanced Thyroid Cancer

Progression-free survival with Lenvima was nearly five times longer compared to a placebo

2/13/2015
Lenvima Approved for Common Thyroid Cancer

Recommended for use if radioactive iodine fails to stop progression

2/13/2015
Device Approved for Female Fecal Incontinence

Use of Eclipse System led to 50 percent decrease in episodes

2/12/2015
New Drug May Slow Recurrent Thyroid Cancer, Study Finds

Progression-free survival nearly five times longer in people receiving treatment

2/9/2015
Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says

Only 3 of nearly 80 published studies mentioned issues of concern uncovered by FDA

2/9/2015
FDA Approves New Device Aimed at Easing Stroke Risk

ENROUTE system cleans out 'debris' in neck artery for those requiring better blood flow to the brain

2/9/2015
New Device Cleared to Reduce Stroke Risk

First approved device designed to enter artery through neck, not groin

2/9/2015
Lucentis Approved for Diabetic Retinopathy

Among diabetics with macular edema

2/6/2015
FDA Approves 1st Drug for Diabetic Retinopathy

To be used in those with diabetic macular edema, injections fight leading cause of blindness

2/4/2015
FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Drug

Ibrance is targeted for postmenopausal women with advanced disease

2/4/2015
Internal Tissue Adhesive Approved

TissuGlu connects tissue flaps stemming from surgery to remove excess fat, skin from stomach

2/4/2015
2/2/2015
Vyvanse Approved for Binge-Eating Disorder

Characterized by compulsive overeating

1/28/2015
72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

Agency vows action to boost the effectiveness of the life-saving devices

1/26/2015
Generic Form of Nexium Approved

Drug used to ease chronic heartburn

1/26/2015
FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug Nexium

The proton pump inhibitor reduces amount of acid in the stomach

1/26/2015
New Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Approved

Bexsero prevents deadly infection of spinal cord lining

1/26/2015
Natpara Approved for Hormone Disorder Causing Low Blood Calcium

Drug is for people with insufficient parathyroid hormone

1/21/2015
FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug

Cosentyx blocks protein involved in inflammatory response of disease

1/21/2015
New Psoriasis Drug Approved

Cosentyx hinders protein that spurs skin inflammation

1/20/2015
Experts See Place for Weight-Loss Drugs in Obesity Treatment

But diet and exercise are also key tools, according to new Endocrine Society guidelines

1/14/2015
FDA Approves New Device to Treat Obesity

It sends electrical signals to nerves near the stomach to make a person feel full

1/14/2015
Stimulation Device Approved to Treat Obesity

Targets nerve between brain and stomach that regulates hunger

1/9/2015
Blood-Thinning Drug Savaysa Approved

Designed to treat dangerous clots and prevent stroke

1/9/2015
FDA OKs New Anti-Clotting Drug for Heart Rhythm Disorder

Savaysa works like warfarin but carries less bleeding risk

1/9/2015
Advisers Endorse HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Checks

Two groups call it an effective alternative to the Pap test, but another group disagrees

1/8/2015
Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Say too little is known about potential health hazards of 'vaping' devices

1/2/2015
FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

Influenza virus is spread by sneezing, talking and touching contaminated surfaces

12/30/2014
Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says

Consumer Reports poll finds shoppers often mistakenly believe that FDA oversees these products

12/24/2014
FDA Approves New Weight-Loss Drug

Saxenda cleared for use by adults who are obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related condition

12/24/2014
Saxenda Approved for Weight Loss

Injected medication is for people who are statistically obese

12/23/2014
FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

Agency cites data from other countries showing such donations wouldn't compromise blood supply

12/22/2014
Opdivo Approved for Advanced Melanoma

Drug helps harness immune system to attack the cancer

12/22/2014
Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C

Some 3.2 million Americans thought infected

12/22/2014
Rapivab Approved to Help Treat Flu

Intravenous drug inhibits viral enzyme

12/22/2014
Combination Antibiotic Zerbaxa Approved

Sanctioned for complicated abdominal, urinary tract infections

12/21/2014
FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Agency also gives OK to genetic test used to identify eligible patients

12/19/2014
Lynparza Approved for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Associated with genetic defect

12/19/2014
System Approved to Remove Germs From Blood Platelets

Lowers chances of infected donation

12/18/2014
Xtoro Approved for Swimmer's Ear

Infection's symptoms include pain, swelling and redness

12/17/2014
New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

Reduces risk of infected donation

12/16/2014
FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos

Ultrasound imaging, heartbeat monitoring should be left to medical professionals, agency says

12/16/2014
First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder

Blood test can help identify Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

12/15/2014
New Test Estimates Risk of Heart Disease

Agency says best results obtained for black women

12/12/2014
Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer

Drug blocks blood supply that fuels tumors

12/11/2014
Screening Test Approved for Viruses That Cause Blood Cancer

Screen looks for viruses tied to a number of blood cancers or abnormalities

12/10/2014
FDA Approves Cervical Cancer Vaccine That Covers More HPV Strains

Gardasil 9 protects against 9 types of the virus, compared to the 4 covered by Gardasil

12/10/2014
Gardasil Approved for Additional Types of HPV

Virus can lead to cervical cancer

12/4/2014
Jakafi Approved for Chronic Bone Marrow Disease

First drug sanctioned in U.S. for polycythemia vera