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FDA takes action on drug shortages

FDA takes action on drug shortages

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is taking two actions to further enhance the agency's ongoing efforts to prevent and resolve drug shortages.
FDA to restrict prescription painkillers such as Vicodin.

FDA to restrict prescription painkillers such as Vicodin.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official says the agency wants the government to approve restrictions on prescription painkillers such as Vicodin.

FDA: Recall of all products for sterile use by Specialty Compounding

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerts healthcare providers and patients of a recall of all products produced for sterile use by Specialty Compounding.
FDA approves morning after pill for women of childbearing age

FDA approves morning after pill for women of childbearing age

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B emergency contraceptive without a prescription for all women of child-bearing age, officials say.

FDA changes label of nicotine gum, patches

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said over-the-counter nicotine gum, patches and lozenges will no longer advise to limit use to 12 weeks at most.

Meningitis outbreak prompts another recall

BOSTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A sister company of the Boston-area compounding pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 29 people said it is recalling all medications.

FDA approves weight-management drug Qsymia

BETHESDA, Md., July 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the weight loss drug Qsymia, but officials say certain patients, including pregnant women, should not use it.
FDA's Woodcock discusses pain management

FDA's Woodcock discusses pain management

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is trying to strike a balance between access to pain medications and the associated risks posed by analgesics.

U.S. drug approval head conflict probed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A California complaint has led to a conflict-of-interest investigation involving the head of U.S. drug approvals, the Food and Drug Administration confirms.

FDA and Europe adopt joint drug policy

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Association say they plan to work together in assessing the safety of new drugs.

FDA: Switch to HFA-propelled inhaler

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory that chlorofluorocarbon, or CFC-propelled inhalers will not be available next year.

FDA official, Democrats spar on drug plan

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official reportedly has refused to support Democrats on tougher inspection plans.

FDA thinks heparin contaminated on purpose

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Drug Administration said Tuesday it suspects contamination of the blood thinner heparin that led to 81 deaths was deliberate.

Tainted heparin found overseas

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators said contaminated blood thinner from China, linked to 81 deaths in the United States, has been found in several countries.

Health insurer to track drug safety

INDIANAPOLIS, April 16 (UPI) -- A major U.S. health insurer says it is developing a program to monitor the safety of drugs after they have been approved for market.
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