News & Perspective

Apr 24, 2006

Apr 24, 2006

Study cites gaps in Europe's flu pandemic plans

(CIDRAP News) – European countries' plans for coping with an influenza pandemic are generally good but have a number of gaps, including a lack of detail on distribution of drugs and supplies, according to an analysis published last week by The Lancet.

Apr 11, 2006

Apr 11, 2006

Would an imperfect vaccine be useful in a flu pandemic?

(CIDRAP News) – A mathematical modeling study suggests that a modestly effective vaccine could keep an influenza pandemic from striking more than 10% of the US population, but only if large amounts of vaccine were distributed quickly and the virus was not too highly contagious.

Apr 05, 2006

Apr 05, 2006

Avian flu cases reported in Cambodia, Egypt

April 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Avian flu has resurfaced in two countries, killing a 12-year-old boy in Cambodia and sickening a little girl in Egypt, according to news services.

The Cambodian boy died last night, said Michael O'Leary, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Phnom Penh, who was quoted in a Reuters report today. The boy was from the southeastern province of Prey Veng, adjoining Vietnam.

Mar 29, 2006

Mar 29, 2006

FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.

Mar 22, 2006

Mar 22, 2006

WHO issues revised plan to douse pandemic spark

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a new draft of its plan for spotting and stopping a budding influenza pandemic.

Mar 21, 2006

Mar 21, 2006

FDA may ban use of flu antivirals in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Veterinarians could not give poultry the same antiviral drugs being stockpiled the world over to battle a human influenza pandemic, under a rule proposed yesterday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Mar 16, 2006

Mar 16, 2006

Roche boosts Tamiflu production; CDC cites signs of hoarding

(CIDRAP News) – Drug manufacturer Roche said today it is increasing its production capacity for the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) by a third this year and is keeping ahead of the demand from governments stockpiling the drug in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic.

Mar 03, 2006

Mar 03, 2006

WHO sets meeting on flu pandemic containment

(CIDRAP News) – Public health experts will meet in Geneva next week to continue developing the World Health Organization's (WHO's) draft plan for quick action to head off a potential influenza pandemic.

The WHO announced the meeting as a Hong Kong official reported another possible human case of H5N1 avian flu in China, involving a 32-year-old man who died yesterday.

Mar 01, 2006

Mar 01, 2006

HHS orders drugs to treat 14 million in flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials announced today they have ordered more than 14 million treatment courses of two antiviral drugs to add to the 5.5 million courses already bought in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic.

Feb 21, 2006

Feb 21, 2006

US, Institut Pasteur team up for flu virus surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – The US government recently agreed to collaborate with France's Institut Pasteur (IP) on efforts to increase the world's ability to detect influenza viruses that could lead to a human flu pandemic.

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