FDA Issues Final Rule to Clarify Patient Access to Experimental Drugs

In an effort to broaden and clarify access by individual patients to experimental medicines that have not yet obtained FDA approval or haven’t been approved for a new use, the Food and Drug Administration issued two new rules on August 12, 2009. The Expanded Access rule establishes how seriously ill individual patients or groups of patients…  Read More

FDA Sets Limits on Darvon and Darvocet but Doesn't Recommend Market Withdrawal

Despite recommendations from two of its advisory committees for a phased withdrawal of propoxyphene-containing products, the Food and Drug Administration won’t be taking them off the market.  Instead they’ll require a black box warning on the label and a medication guide for patients letting them know of the serious risks of death from effects on the…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 25

Research shows how lemon and lavender ease stress by acting on the immune system and gene expression. In colon cancer, patients with lots of immune-system cells in their tumors have better survival, and men and younger people risk more severe Erbitux rash. In other headlines, FDA warns about toxic chemicals in electronic cigarettes.  Save  August 29th…  Read More

FDA Approves Labeling Changes for Erbitux and Vectibix to Reflect KRAS Status

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved labeling changes for Vectibix and Erbitux to reflect studies that found the two drugs are not effective in patients whose tumors have mutated KRAS. The FDA has updated the indication and usage for Vectibix™  (panitumumab) and Erbitux® (cetuximab) to include a statement that: retrospective subset analyses of metastatic…  Read More

FDA Alert: Clarcon Skin Products Have High Levels of Bacteria

The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to use skin sanitizers and skin protectants manufactured by the Clarcon Laboratory of Roy, Utah.  A recent inspection found high-levels of disease-causing bacteria in the products. Some of the bacteria can cause infections in the skin and underlying tissues which may need surgical treatment. This is especially concerning…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 15

Despite more resources in large cities, patients were more often diagnosed with cancer at a late stage in cities in Illinois compared to rural areas. Phone calls and personalized diet and exercise plans helped long-term cancer survivors lose weight and gain strength, and scientists have found changes in the blood of family caregivers that promote inflammation…  Read More