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Dec 17, 2008

Dec 17, 2008

Cost, resistance aired in HHS webcast on antivirals

(CIDRAP News) – Cost issues and the risk of viral resistance drew considerable attention today in an online presentation by federal health officials on their revised guidance regarding use of antiviral drugs in an influenza pandemic.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released two guidance documents this week, one on antiviral use in general and one on employer stockpiling of antivirals.

Nov 20, 2008

Nov 20, 2008

Report says pandemic will threaten coal, power supplies

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the University of Minnesota warns that an influenza pandemic could disrupt the coal industry, thereby endangering the nation's significantly coal-dependent electric power system and everything that depends on it.

Oct 29, 2008

Oct 29, 2008

Experts at HHS webinar cite key pandemic planning issues

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today hosted an online conversation among experts, government officials, and members of the public that touched on emerging issues in pandemic planning, such as anticipating supply chain interruptions and keeping the momentum going during tough economic times.

Oct 24, 2008

Oct 24, 2008

WHO's draft pandemic flu guidance revises phases

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has drafted a revised pandemic influenza preparedness plan that updates the definitions of pandemic phases and puts more emphasis on the social and economic effects of a global epidemic, among other changes.

Oct 17, 2008

Oct 17, 2008

World Bank says flu pandemic could cost $3 trillion

(CIDRAP News) – An internal report prepared by the World Bank estimates that a severe influenza pandemic could kill 71 million people and cause a recession costing more than $3 trillion, Bloomberg News reported today.

The report says that in a severe pandemic, sagging tourism, transportation, retail sales, and productivity, coupled with worker absenteeism, could reduce global gross domestic product (GDP) by 4.8%, according to Bloomberg.

Oct 16, 2008

Oct 16, 2008

Governors group identifies states' pandemic-preparedness gaps

(CIDRAP News) – State pandemic preparedness has improved over the past few years, but gaps remain, particularly in areas that don't relate directly to healthcare such as continuing government operations, maintaining essential services, and coordinating with the private sector, according to a recent report from the National Governors Association (NGA).

Oct 09, 2008

Oct 09, 2008

Businesses urged to avoid pandemic planning pitfalls

(CIDRAP News) – The current financial crisis may be pulling time and resources away from business pandemic planning, but two experts on the topic today told corporate leaders they can improve their firms' survivability during a global health emergency by avoiding specific mistakes.

Oct 03, 2008

Oct 03, 2008

Plant cancellation shows problems in flu vaccine business

(CIDRAP News) – A flu vaccine manufacturer's decision not to build a US facility has highlighted the perpetual mismatch between flu-shot supply and demand—and the reality that the mismatch may undermine plans for pandemic flu vaccines.

Sep 03, 2008

Sep 03, 2008

Glaxo offers program to boost employer antiviral stockpiling

(CIDRAP News) – GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza), today launched a program designed to help businesses stockpile the drug as a strategy to protect employees in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Aug 08, 2008

Aug 08, 2008

Britain ranks flu pandemic among top threats

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the British government ranks pandemic influenza very high on the list of major security threats to the United Kingdom.

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