News tagged with food and drug administration

FDA panel endorses Vertex hepatitis C drug

(AP) -- Federal health experts say an experimental hepatitis C drug from Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a significant step forward in treating the virus, despite a high rate of rashes among patients taking the tablet.

dateApr 28, 2011 in Medications
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Sanofi gets expanded meningitis vaccine approval

(AP) -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's bacterial meningitis vaccine Menactra for children between the ages of 9 months and 23 months.

dateApr 25, 2011 in Medications
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FDA says Merck drug successfully fights hepatitis

Federal health officials said Monday a highly-anticipated drug to treat hepatitis C made by Merck appears to cure more patients in less time than established drugs that have been used for 20 years. But the agency has questions ...

dateApr 25, 2011 in Medications
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US aims at its deadliest drug problem: painkillers

(AP) -- The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly addictive prescription painkillers. They are killing more people than heroin ...

dateApr 20, 2011 in Medications
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Watchdog group makes 2nd push to ban diet pill

(AP) -- For the second time in five years, public health advocates are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban a fat-blocking drug sold over-the counter and via prescription, pointing to new reports of kidney ...

dateApr 18, 2011 in Medications
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