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2005-11-02 18:51:54

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials said on Wednesday they have persuaded drug makers to speed delivery of medications to fight influenza, including a possible bird flu pandemic, as part of $7.1 billion plan they also hope will modernize the vaccine industry. The officials had to defend their flu plan to members of Congress who criticized the government for moving too slowly. The plan, announced by President George W. Bush...

2005-11-02 16:37:56

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials said on Wednesday they have persuaded drug makers to speed delivery of medications to fight influenza, including a possible bird flu pandemic, as part of $7.1 billion plan they also hope will modernize the vaccine industry. The officials had to defend their flu plan to members of Congress who criticized the government for moving too slowly. The plan, announced by President George W. Bush...

2005-11-02 15:16:37

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration sent officials to Congress on Wednesday to explain details of its $7.1 billion avian influenza pandemic plan, but was already under attack from critics who said it offered too little, too late. The plan, which President George W. Bush announced on Tuesday, focuses on building stockpiles of drugs and encouraging companies to develop vaccines, and asks states to step up with substantial...

2005-11-02 12:04:54

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration sent officials to Congress on Wednesday to explain details of its $7.1 billion avian influenza pandemic plan, but was already under attack from critics who said it offered too little, too late. The plan, which President George W. Bush announced on Tuesday, focuses on building stockpiles of drugs and encouraging companies to develop vaccines, and asks states to step up with substantial...

2005-10-29 03:25:19

By Nguyen Nhat Lam HANOI (Reuters) - Two people showing symptoms of the bird flu virus have died in the past week in Vietnam, where the disease has already killed more than 40 people, hospital officials said on Saturday. "It's very, very clear that all the critical symptoms pointed to bird flu," Dr Nguyen Ngoc Tai, the director of the Vietnam-Cuba Hospital in Dong Hoi, central Vietnam, told Reuters. The Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted a report from the hospital in Quang Binh...

2005-10-28 14:10:00

By Bill Berkrot and Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. demand for Tamiflu appears to be surging, industry experts said on Thursday, suggesting some people are hoarding the antiviral drug amid fears of a bird flu pandemic. "The number of Tamiflu prescriptions continues to increase with little or no reports of flu," said Raulo Frear, vice president of clinical evaluation and policy for pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. Tamiflu maker Roche Holding AG said on Thursday it was...

2005-10-27 18:59:11

GENEVA (Reuters) - Poultry workers, cullers and veterinarians should wear special clothing and take antiviral drugs to protect them from bird flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. All those at "high risk of exposure," working on farms with bird flu outbreaks or at risk of them, should wear coveralls, rubber gloves, surgical masks, goggles and rubber boots, and could take an antiviral drug, it said. "These measures are particularly important during veterinary...

2005-10-27 11:05:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European influenza experts have developed the first human vaccine for a virulent strain of bird flu that may be able to jump from poultry to humans, the EU's executive Commission said on Thursday. This virus strain, known as H7N1, is classified as highly pathogenic and caused lethal flu outbreaks among Italian poultry in 1999. But the risk of it emerging as a pandemic strain is lower than H5N1, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia. A six-partner consortium from...

2005-10-27 07:39:16

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The calls have been pouring in to Dr. Howard Bennett's pediatrics office in Washington -- parents wanting prescriptions of Tamiflu to protect themselves and their children in case avian flu becomes a human pandemic. Bennett tries to talk most of them out of the idea but, like many physicians, is torn between the need to protect individual patients and his duty to the community. "I have fielded 15 or 20 called...

2005-10-27 07:20:38

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The calls have been pouring in to Dr. Howard Bennett's pediatrics office in Washington -- parents wanting prescriptions of Tamiflu to protect themselves and their children in case avian flu becomes a human pandemic. Bennett tries to talk most of them out of the idea but, like many physicians, is torn between the need to protect individual patients and his duty to the community. "I have fielded 15 or 20 called...