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Mar 19, 2002

Mar 19, 2002

US is vulnerable to foodborne bioterrorism, CDC report says

A recent Lancet report says the US needs to strengthen its public health system to minimize the danger.

Apr 18, 2002

Apr 18, 2002

FDA approves cosmetic use of botulinum toxin

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week endorsed a widespread cosmetic procedure by approving the use of botulinum toxin type A to temporarily smooth frown lines between the eyebrows.

May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002

Food supply's vulnerability to attack deserves more discussion, Osterholm says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' food supply makes an attractive target for terrorists, and people in the food industry need to talk more frankly about the risks, bioterrorism expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in a Minneapolis speech yesterday.

Jan 29, 2003

Jan 29, 2003

Bush initiative would promote new defenses against bioterror diseases

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan 30, 2003, with additional information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush yesterday proposed an initiative, called Project Bioshield, to speed the development and production of vaccines and treatments for smallpox, anthrax, botulism, and other diseases that could be spread by terrorists.

Jul 19, 2003

Jul 19, 2003

House passes Bioshield bill to promote bioterrorism defenses

(CIDRAP News) – Six months after President Bush proposed the idea, the US House this week overwhelmingly passed "Project Bioshield," a plan to promote the development of drugs and vaccines needed to defend the nation against attacks with biological and other unconventional weapons.

Dec 01, 2004

Dec 01, 2004

Possible botulism reported after cosmetic injections

(CIDRAP News) – Four people in Florida and New Jersey who might have been injected with the anti-wrinkle medication Botox are seriously ill with possible botulism, according to news services.

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

Botulism confirmed in three cases linked to Florida clinic

(CIDRAP News) – Florida officials said today that botulism has been confirmed in three of four suspected cases linked with a Florida clinic that reportedly gave injections with anti-wrinkle preparations containing botulinum toxin, but whether the cases stemmed from such injections remained unknown.

Dec 15, 2004

Dec 15, 2004

Reports blame Florida botulism cases on misused toxin

(CIDRAP News) – Four Floridians suffering from botulism were injected with massive doses of a botulinum toxin that was not approved for use on humans, according to news reports based on court documents filed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Jan 21, 2005

Jan 21, 2005

Botulism cases lead to physician suspensions, company shutdown

(CIDRAP News) – Several healthcare professionals have been suspended and an Arizona company has been shut down in the investigation launched last November when four Floridians were paralyzed by injections with a botulinum toxin not approved for use in humans.

Feb 08, 2006

Feb 08, 2006

Antitoxin for infant botulism slashes hospital stays

(CIDRAP News) – A human-derived antitoxin for babies with botulism shortened their hospital stays by an average of more than 3 weeks and reduced average hospital bills by about $88,000 in a randomized trial, according to a recent report.

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