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2010-07-30 07:30:00

PHILADELPHIA, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) has released the first lots of FluLaval® [Influenza Virus Vaccine] allowing distribution in the U.S. to begin for the 2010-2011 flu season. GSK anticipates distribution of Fluarix® [Influenza Virus Vaccine] to follow in the next several weeks. GSK expects to...

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2010-07-28 06:36:47

Seventeen million unused doses of H1N1 -- swine flu -- vaccine are being destroyed by Netherlands health officials as the shots are nearing their expiration date, the health ministry said on Tuesday. "We have started destroying" the vaccines, said health ministry spokeswoman Inge Freriksen. "In the coming months, 17.8 million doses will be destroyed because the expiry date is approaching," she told AFP. The Dutch government bought 31 million doses of the vaccine during the height of the...

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2010-07-20 09:45:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) will continue to monitor the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, a spokesman from the group told Reuters on Tuesday. "There is no EC (emergency committee) this week. We are still monitoring and seeing how the virus behaves in the rest of the southern hemisphere winter," Gregory Hartl of the WHO spokesman told Reuters reporter Stephanie Nebehay. "We're still in phase 6, it is still a pandemic," added Hartl told Nebehay, referencing the organization's six-phase scale...

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2010-07-01 13:20:00

About 40 million doses of sine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. have expired, according to a recent AP IMPACT report. "It's a lot, by historical standards," Jerry Weir, who oversees vaccine research and review for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, told the Associated Press (AP). The outdated vaccines are to be incinerated - as much as four times the usual leftover season flu vaccine.  According to one government estimate, about 30 million more doses will expire later and may go...

2010-05-28 13:03:31

Safety and immunogenicity of AS03B adjuvanted split virion versus non-adjuvanted whole virion H1N1 influenza vaccine in UK children aged 6 months-12 years: Open-label, randomized, parallel group, multicenter study The first head to head study of the two H1N1 vaccines used in the UK during the recent pandemic finds that the adjuvanted split virus vaccine induced higher immune response rates in young children, but was associated with more reactions than the whole virus vaccine. These data...

2010-05-10 07:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010. Novavax reported a net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.11 per share, for the first quarter of 2010 compared to a net loss of $8.3 million, or $0.12 per share, for the first quarter of 2009. The primary reason for the increased loss for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009 was due to higher research and...

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2010-04-01 10:50:41

Less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine purchased by the government have been distributed, leaving approximately 71.5 million doses that may have to be discarded unless they are used by their expiration date, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. According to Washington Post staff writer Rob Stein, between 81 and 91 million doses of the swine flu vaccine were inhaled or injected through February, leaving approximately 138 million doses unused. Stein reports that about 60...

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2010-03-19 07:30:00

Documents obtained by the Associated Press (AP) and made public on Thursday show that the vaccine meant to protect children and the elderly from the H1N1 virus found their way to some rather unexpected places. The AP obtained a series of records under the Freedom of Information Act which show that more than 2,000 doses of the vaccine went to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in October and November. Another 2,000 found their way to NASA personnel at the Johnson Space Center in Houston; 1,000...

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2010-02-18 12:35:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on Thursday that this year's seasonal flu vaccine in the northern hemisphere should include protection against three strains, including the pandemic H1N1 virus. WHO's flu expert Keiji Fukuda said the composition, announced after a four-day meeting of experts, means H1N1 swine flu vaccine still held by drugmakers in bulk form may be used for part of the seasonal flu vaccine mix for autumn/winter 2010/2011. However, some people's reluctance to...

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2010-02-11 13:00:00

The World Health Organization's top influenza expert said on Thursday it would convene its emergency committee later this month to examine whether the H1N1 flu pandemic has peaked, Reuters reported. Keiji Fukuda told a news conference they are hoping that the "worst is behind us". The committee, which makes recommendations on the state of a pandemic to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, will decide whether the H1N1 pandemic declared in June had entered a post-peak or transition phase, he...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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