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Jun 19, 2002

Jun 19, 2002

FDA to increase tests of imported shrimp, crayfish for chloramphenicol

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will increase testing of imported shrimp and crayfish to look for traces of the antibiotic chloramphenicol, which some countries have found in imports from China and Vietnam.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Irradiation proponents object to Consumer Reports article

(CIDRAP News) – Supporters of irradiation as a tool for preventing foodborne disease are dismayed by a generally negative evaluation of irradiated meat in the August issue of Consumer Reports.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

GAO urges more scrutiny of antibiotic use in animals

(CIDRAP News) – The General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics.

Jul 18, 2006

Jul 18, 2006

Novartis to build US cell-based flu vaccine plant

(CIDRAP News) – Novartis, the Swiss-based drug manufacturer, today announced plans to build what it says will be the first US plant to make cell-culture-based influenza vaccines.

The facility will be built in Holly Springs, N.C., at a total cost of about $600 million, the company said in a news release. It will be able to produce about 50 million doses of seasonal trivalent (three-strain) flu vaccine annually.

Oct 24, 2006

Oct 24, 2006

Novartis claims success in trial of cell-based flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis claimed success last week in a phase 3 clinical trial of a seasonal influenza vaccine produced in cell culture rather than in eggs, the conventional production method.

In a news release, the company said volunteers who received the vaccine had at least as strong an immune response as did volunteers immunized with an egg-based vaccine containing the same flu virus strains.

Apr 12, 2007

Apr 12, 2007

Insect-cell-based flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza vaccine grown in insect cells instead of chicken eggs proved safe and yielded a good immune response in a trial in healthy adults, possibly signaling a significant advance in flu vaccine production technology, according to a report published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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.

May 09, 2007

May 09, 2007

EU approves Novartis's 'mock-up' pandemic vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The European Union (EU) this week approved a "mock-up" influenza vaccine made by Novartis to permit a faster start on vaccine production in the event of a flu pandemic.

Oct 29, 2007

Oct 29, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Part 3: H5N1 poses major immunologic challenges

Editor's note: This is the third in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

Oct 30, 2007

Oct 30, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Part 4: The promise and problems of adjuvants

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

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