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Nov 14, 2008

Nov 14, 2008

Firm says weakened smallpox vaccine has good safety profile

(CIDRAP News) – Bavarian Nordic, a Danish pharmaceutical company, announced recently that a smallpox vaccine that it is developing for people with weakened immune systems showed promising safety results in a phase 2 clinical trial involving volunteers with HIV infections.

Nov 10, 2008

Nov 10, 2008

FDA adjusts rules on prior notice of food imports

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said recently it is making a few minor changes in its requirement for advance notice of imported food shipments, which is designed to give the agency time to decide which shipments need inspection for safety reasons.

Oct 02, 2008

Oct 02, 2008

To blunt anthrax attack, mail carriers to get antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday announced a plan to supply mail carriers with antibiotics so they will be protected and prepared to deliver the drugs to others in case of an anthrax attack.

The program will start with a $500,000 pilot project involving carriers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which were chosen because of their extensive bioterrorism preparations, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.

Sep 09, 2008

Sep 09, 2008

HHS funds work on new anthrax antitoxin

(CIDRAP News) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. recently announced that it won a federal contract worth $24.3 million to develop a monoclonal antibody treatment to block the effects of anthrax toxin.

Aug 12, 2008

Aug 12, 2008

HHS evaluates proposals for new anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Two Maryland pharmaceutical companies recently announced that they have submitted proposals to produce and deliver at least 25 million doses of a next-generation anthrax vaccine to the nation's Strategic National Stockpile.

Jul 31, 2008

Jul 31, 2008

State models cited as ways to improve outbreak responses

(CIDRAP News) – Experts and industry leaders speaking at congressional hearings this week on the nationwide Salmonella outbreak said federal agencies should take cues from state programs if they want to improve the traceability of fresh produce and the success of foodborne disease outbreak investigations.

Jul 02, 2008

Jul 02, 2008

FDA claims progress on food protection plan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a 6-month status report on its progress in implementing a food safety plan launched in November in response to high-profile contamination incidents involving domestic and imported foods over the past few years.

Apr 18, 2008

Apr 18, 2008

HHS names chief for biodefense research agency

(CIDRAP News) – Robin Robinson, PhD, who led the development of the first H5N1 influenza vaccine approved for human use, has been named the first director of the US government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA).

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Robinson's appointment this week.

Feb 29, 2008

Feb 29, 2008

Judge dismisses suit to limit DoD anthrax vaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – A federal district judge has dismissed a lawsuit aiming to stop the Pentagon's mandatory anthrax vaccination program for troops serving in some areas overseas, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer in Washington, DC, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acted appropriately when it determined the vaccine was safe and approved its use, according to the AP.

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