December 7, 2011

Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Wednesday issued a public statement that the agency was prepared to approve Plan B as a nonprescription medication, but reversed that decision following a directive from the Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday morning.

December 6, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday issued seven warning letters to companies marketing over-the counter human chorionic gonadotropin products that are labeled as "homeopathic" for weight loss.

December 1, 2011

In an effort to help advance the development of devices that automatically monitor blood glucose and provide proper insulin doses in people with Type 1 diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance to help investigators and manufacturers as they develop and seek approval for these products.

December 1, 2011

Ranbaxy Labs got the green light from the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday night to launch its generic version of Pfizer's cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.

November 28, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration last week took legal action against the dietary supplement manufacturer ATF Fitness Products for substituting ingredients and products without noting the changes on the final product labels.

November 23, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug for insomnia in which patients wake in the middle of the night and have trouble returning to sleep.

November 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new chemotherapy drug for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the agency said Friday.

November 18, 2011

A drug widely used to treat breast cancer is not safe or effective, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

November 16, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating a rare bone disease, the agency said Wednesday.

November 8, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a website for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other “sharps” that are used at home, at work and while traveling.

November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has appointed a new chief of staff for commissioner Margaret Hamburg, according to a letter sent to agency employees Monday.

November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for preventing stroke in patients with abnormal heart rhythm, the agency said.

November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb for treating head and neck cancer, the agency said Monday.

November 3, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved 35 new drugs over the past 12 months, the agency said Thursday.

October 24, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating a severe form of epilepsy, the agency said Monday.

October 24, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of two drugs made by Eli Lilly for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the agency said Monday.

October 14, 2011

The Food and Drug Adminsitration has approved a drug made by ApoPharma for a complication resulting from treatments for a genetic condition that causes anemia, the agency said Friday.

October 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that it called the first single-pill combination treatment for Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

September 29, 2011

The second season of "Extreme Couponing" debuted on TLC Wednesday evening, and with the new season came a renewed concern as to how extreme couponers will impact value promotions at retail.

September 23, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment made by Alexion Pharmaceuticals for a rare blood disorder that affects children.

September 22, 2011

Epinephrine inhalers will not be made or sold after Dec. 31, and patients using them should get new prescriptions to replace them, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

September 12, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is reorganizing its division for regulating cancer drugs, the agency said Monday.

August 26, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Shire for a rare autoimmune condition, the agency said.

August 19, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new biotech drug for treating two types of lymphoma, the agency said Friday.