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Apr 30, 2007

Apr 30, 2007

New York group offers plan for rationing ventilators in pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A hypothetical but not unlikely scenario: Amid an influenza pandemic, a small hospital has three patients who need mechanical ventilation. One has terminal cancer, another has severe chronic lung disease, and a third has a severe case of flu. With only one ventilator available, which patient will get it?

Apr 27, 2007

Apr 27, 2007

Panel supports EU approval of cell-based flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A committee that reviews medical product applications for the European Union (EU) yesterday recommended approval of a cell-based seasonal influenza vaccine made by Novartis, improving the company's chance of becoming the first to market a flu vaccine grown in cell culture instead of in eggs.

Apr 26, 2007

Apr 26, 2007

Roche cuts Tamiflu production as demand cools

(CIDRAP News) – The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche announced today it is scaling back production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) because of waning demand, and simultaneously questioned whether countries stockpiling the drug are buying enough to protect their citizens in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Apr 26, 2007

Apr 26, 2007

WHO: Global H5N1 vaccine stockpile may be feasible

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says nations and vaccine manufacturers agreed yesterday that it may be feasible to set up a world stockpile of H5N1 influenza vaccine and find a way to ensure that developing countries could access pandemic flu vaccine supplies.

Apr 25, 2007

Apr 25, 2007

Microwave, dishwasher best for cleaning sponges

(CIDRAP News) – Bacteria in a kitchen sponge can best be eliminated by heating the sponge in a microwave oven or running it through an automatic dishwasher, according to a study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apr 25, 2007

Apr 25, 2007

HHS offers plan for defense against biological threats

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled its plan for developing and buying medical countermeasures against a range of biological, chemical, and other threats, with new anthrax and smallpox vaccines among the near-term priorities.

Apr 24, 2007

Apr 24, 2007

Six countries to get grants for flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to improve developing countries' access to potential pandemic influenza vaccines, the WHO (World Health Organization) said today it is awarding grants to six countries to help them develop the capacity to make flu vaccine.

Apr 24, 2007

Record flu vaccine supply expected for next season

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine producers have projected they will make 127 million to 132 million doses for the US market for the 2007-08 flu season, a record amount that would top the nearly 121 million doses produced for the 2006-07 season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Apr 24, 2007

Autopsy study supports link between flu, heart attacks

(CIDRAP News) – US and Russian researchers report that peak death rates from heart disease seemed to coincide with peak influenza activity in a Russian population over an 8-year period, suggesting that flu contributes to heart attacks.

Apr 23, 2007

Apr 23, 2007

E coli infections prompt beef recalls

(CIDRAP News) – Two beef producers recently announced recalls of steak and hamburger products because of possible contamination with Escherichia coli O157:H7, following a small number of infections in California and Pennsylvania.

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