Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
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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

12/3/2014
FDA Advisors Not Sold on Lifting Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

But American Red Cross, other groups urge easing restrictions due to better blood screening

12/3/2014
Blincyto Approved for Rare Leukemia

Drug sanctioned for rapidly-growing form of bone marrow cancer

12/3/2014
FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women

Agency official says labeling changes should help patients 'make critical decisions' about medicines

11/25/2014
FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue

Experts decided against backing any new warning label for controversial injections

11/25/2014
Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says

Rules also apply to theater popcorn, bakeries and ice cream parlors

11/24/2014
FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids

Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

11/20/2014
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

11/20/2014
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

Hysingla ER is only for chronic pain, and is formulated to resist crushing, dissolving

11/14/2014
Two Generic Versions of ADHD Drug Not as Effective: FDA

In some patients, the medications were released more slowly than extended-release Concerta

11/4/2014
FDA: Supplements, Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix

Combination can alter drug absorption, agency warns

10/29/2014
10/29/2014
FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Against Meningitis

Trumenba guards against type of bacteria that is one of leading causes of life-threatening disease

10/29/2014
FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens

Labels omitting certain ingredients are leading cause of FDA recalls

10/24/2014
New Treatment Approved for Rare Form of Hemophilia

The bleeding disorder affects both males and females

10/22/2014
Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves, Study Finds

Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later

10/16/2014
Esbriet, Ofev Approved to Treat Deadly Lung Disease

Drugs help slow decline of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

10/15/2014
Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer

But, some advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients relapsed, study finds

10/14/2014
Urinary Prosthetic Device for Women Approved

Helps those who can't contract bladder muscles

10/13/2014
Drug-Coated Balloon Catheter Approved

Designed to clear clogged arteries in thigh and knee

10/10/2014
FDA OKs Once-a-Day Drug for Chronic Hepatitis C

Harvoni, a combination pill, blocks enzymes that virus needs to multiply

10/10/2014
Akynzeo Approved for Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Drug helps ease nausea, vomiting

9/29/2014
Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim

Researchers criticize FDA for lax oversight; agency defends its approach

9/23/2014
FDA Warns Doctors of Danger From Fake Drugs

Health care providers ordering meds should view 'too good to be true' offers with suspicion, agency says

9/23/2014
Blood Test for Yeast Infections Approved

Rare infections primarily affect people with weakened immune systems

9/22/2014
Noninvasive Devices May Help Migraines, FDA Says

New treatments might aid those who can't tolerate medications

9/19/2014
Trulicity Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

New drug helps regulate blood sugar

9/19/2014
FDA Approves Another Weekly Injectable Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

Trulicity helps lower blood sugar levels when used alone or with other medications, agency says

9/18/2014
FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use

Joint committee also calls for drug makers to run heart-risk tests on popular 'Low T' products

9/17/2014
FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims, Safety

Joint committee to consider whether 'Low T' products are overprescribed and whether treatment raises heart risks

9/16/2014
Movantik Approved for Constipation From Opioids

Painkillers frequently cause irregularity