• Rockville biotech preps for trials after getting rare pediatric drug status

    Rockville-based biotech firm RegenxBio Inc. received a rare pediatric drug designation from the Food and Drug Administration for a treatment for a rare neurodegenerative disease called mucopolysaccharidosis Type I that affects about 1,000 patients a year.

  • New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

    (NEW YORK) — A new treatment has been approved for the most common form of skin cancer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for advanced basal cell carcinoma, a skin…

  • FDA updates heart warnings on popular pain relievers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are bolstering warning labels for popular pain relievers, adding information about the risk of heart attack and stroke in the short term. The changes announced Thursday apply to prescription…

  • FDA Advisory Committee Approves Treatment for Double Chin

    (NEW YORK) — Kythera Biopharmaceuticals announced on Monday the approval of an injection to improve the appearance of a double chin by an FDA Advisory Committee. According to a press release posted to the company…

  • Feds panel to review application for ‘modified risk’ tobacco

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match’s request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The Tobacco Products…

  • Women ask FDA to provide options to treat low libido

    Under intense pressure, the Food and Drug Administration opened its doors this week to hear directly from patients, providers and advocates on what many call an unmet medical need for women: sexual dysfunction. Hundreds from across the country urged the FDA to even the score.

  • Triple-i acquires Global Net Services, Inc.

    To support its work with the Food and Drug Administration\’s IT solutions, Information Innovators Inc, also known as Triple-i, have acquired Global Net Services, Inc.

  • Tanning beds carry a cancer risk, especially for the young

    It\’s beginning to feel a lot like summer, and for a lot of people that means working on their tans. But if you\’re 18 or under, the FDA has new warnings about their effects.

  • Human testing to be done on whether technically dead can be revived

    It sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. But it just might be the future of trauma medicine.

  • Food dyes a danger in children’s foods

    Many parents have heard the warnings about overloading kids with
    sugar, but there may be something in food that\’s even worse.

  • Local pediatricians: Codeine not effective treatment for children

    It\’s not a surprise to local doctors that codeine now has the FDA\’s black box warning, cautioning doctors against writing prescriptions for the opiate painkiller.

  • A parent fights to speed FDA approval in hopes of saving son’s life

    Parents are leading petition drives to get the Food and Drug Administration to put promising, but still experimental, drugs on the fast track while their children are suffering from terrible diseases.

  • Women discuss female libido drug trial at G.W.

    Men have Viagra, but what do women have? Two women talk about a clinical trial at George Washington University for
    Sprout Pharmaceutical\’s little pink pill, called Flibanserin.

  • Acetaminophen: What are the health risks?

    Data show that acetaminophen is linked to more deaths than any other over-the-counter pain reliever. During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too acetaminophen, one of the nation\’s most popular pain relievers. ProPublica takes an in-depth look at the dangers and what the Food and Drug Administration has long known about the risks.

  • Nutrient shortages hurt local infants, area hospitals

    It sounds like a Third World problem: Hospitals are rationing, bartering and hoarding critical nutrients that premature infants need to survive. But it\’s a problem that\’s happening in the Washington area and in other major cities across the country.