The first self-fitting hearing aid, a blood compatibility test & more: 5 latest FDA approvals

Here are five drugs or medical devices that have been approved by the FDA since Oct. 5:

1. Bose Hearing Aid, the first self-fitting hearing aid controlled by the user, amplifies sounds for those  18 years or older with a mild to moderate hearing impairment.

2. The FDA expanded the use of Gardasil 9, a vaccine intended to protect patients against nine strains of human papillomavirus, for  adults up to age 45. Previously the vaccine was only approved for ages 9 to 26.

3. ID CORE XT is a molecular-based assay used in transfusion medicine to help determine blood compatibility between blood donor and patient.

4. Aurobindo Pharma received approval for its generic version of Pfizer's Zithromax oral suspension. Azithromycin oral suspension is used to treat patients with mild to moderate bacterial infections.

5. Xarelto, a factor Xa inhibitor, was approved to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with chronic coronary or peripheral artery disease.

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