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Dec 22, 2008

Dec 22, 2008

FDA approves shortened anthrax-vaccine course

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new version of BioThrax—the nation's only licensed anthrax vaccine—that requires fewer doses and changes the injection route.

Dec 22, 2008

Dec 22, 2008

EU panel supports innovative pandemic, seasonal flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – An H5N1 influenza vaccine made by Baxter International could become the first cell culture–based H5N1 influenza vaccine to be approved for marketing, following its endorsement by a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) last week.

Recommendations of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) are usually followed by the EMEA within a few months.

Dec 16, 2008

Dec 16, 2008

Treatment comes first in HHS antiviral guidance

Editor's note: This story was revised Dec 17 to include an item that was mistakenly left out of the list of five main recommendations on antiviral use in a pandemic.

Dec 03, 2008

Dec 03, 2008

USDA drafts avian flu risk assessment for poultry and egg products

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday released a draft of its risk assessment for contracting highly pathogenic avian influenza from eating poultry products, shell eggs, and egg products, a tool that could be used to reduce human illness from the virus and help target messages to consumers.

Dec 02, 2008

Dec 02, 2008

FDA details year's progress on food protection plan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report yesterday detailing the first year of accomplishments in implementing its Food Protection Plan, a road map the agency presented in November 2007 in response to a spate of contamination incidents involving domestic and imported food.

Nov 18, 2008

Nov 18, 2008

Pew report critiques Salmonella outbreak response

(CIDRAP News) – This past  summer's nationwide Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak exposed several gaps in the nation's food safety system, including poor organization and confusing risk communications, the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, said in a report yesterday.

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.

Nov 07, 2008

Nov 07, 2008

GAO: Obama should address health preparedness, food safety

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has listed public health emergency preparedness and food safety as two of 13 "urgent issues" that will need attention from President-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress next year.

Nov 06, 2008

Nov 06, 2008

More Salmonella cases linked to dry pet food

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella infections associated with dry pet food from a plant in Pennsylvania have continued to crop up in recent months, prompting closure of the plant and concern that contaminated products may still be in use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

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