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  1. FDA: Shingles Vaccine OK at Age 50 and Up

    The FDA today approved Merck's Zostavax shingles vaccine for 50-somethings. The vaccine was already approved for people age 60 and older.

  2. New Lupus Drug Benlysta Approved

    The FDA has approved Benlysta, the first new lupus drug since 1955. Benlysta reduces lupus activity; it's hoped the drug will help patients reduce their need for steroids.

  3. New Birth Defect Warning for Topamax

    Taking the epilepsy drug topiramate (Topamax) during pregnancy raises the risk of oral cleft birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate, according to a new warning issued by the FDA.

  4. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat COPD

    The FDA has approved a new treatment for people with worsening symptoms of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disorder that makes breathing difficult.

  5. FDA OKs Viibryd to Treat Depression

    The FDA has approved a new drug called Viibryd to treat adults with major depressive disorder.

  6. Allergy Pill Allegra to Be Sold Over the Counter

    In time for spring allergy season, the FDA today approved over-the-counter sale of Allegra, a best-selling antihistamine also sold under the generic name fexofenadine.

  7. FDA Approves New Head Lice Treatment

    The FDA has approved a new treatment for controlling head lice, called Natroba Topical Suspension 0.9%, and says the substance can be safely used for infestations in children as young as age 4, as well as in older youths and adults.

  8. Gardasil Approved for Anal Cancer Prevention

    The FDA today approved the Gardasil vaccine against sexually transmitted HPV for preventing anal cancer in both males and females. Routine HPV vaccination is recommended for girls but optional for boys.

  9. Lipitor Recall Grows by 19,000 Bottles

    The Lipitor recall continues with Pfizer's recall of another 19,000 bottles of the popular cholesterol drug. A musty smell has led to four recalls totaling 345,000 bottles since August 2010.

  10. Cough Medicine That Looks Like Candy Gets FDA Warning

    Warning that the prescription cough medicine benzonatate has a “candy-like appearance” that may attract children, the FDA says it is stiffening the drug’s warning label to prevent accidental ingestion, which can and has caused death.

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