Opioid Antidote Narcan May Soon Be Sold Over the Counter
WASHINGTON — The overdose-reversing drug naloxone should be made available over the counter to aid the national response to the opioid crisis, U.S. health advisers said Wednesday. The panel of Food and Drug Administration experts voted unanimously in favor of the switch after a full day of presentations and discussions centered on whether untrained users would be able to safely and effectively use the nasal spray in emergency situations. The positive vote, which is not binding, came despite concerns from some panel members about the drug’s instructions and packaging, which caused confusion among some people in ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Perrone/AP Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

U.S. weighs crackdown on experiments that could make viruses more dangerous
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Source: ScienceNOW - October 19, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Monkeypox Testing Shows the U.S. Learned Little from the COVID-19 Pandemic
U.S. testing for monkeypox is insufficient to determine how widespread the virus is and where new cases are cropping up, according to infectious disease experts and advocates concerned about a sluggish response to the outbreak that’s already hit 32 countries. While government labs have the capacity to test as many as 8,000 samples a week, they’re only using 2% of that capability, suggesting that about 23 monkeypox tests are being performed a day, said James Krellenstein, the cofounder of PrEP4All, an HIV advocacy group that widened its focus during the pandemic. Much more testing is needed to find out where the...
Source: TIME: Health - June 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madison Muller / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate News Desk wire Source Type: news

Fuad El-Hibri, founder of vaccine maker Emergent BioSolutions, dies at 64
A major producer of vaccines against anthrax, the biotech company later attracted scrutiny when it was forced to discard 75 million doses of coronavirus vaccine because of possible contamination. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Langer Source Type: news

Fuad El-Hibri, Who Led a Troubled Vaccine Maker, Dies at 64
His company, Emergent BioSolutions, won a lucrative contract to produce Covid vaccines but then had to throw out millions of contaminated doses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Clay Risen Tags: El-Hibri, Fuad Deaths (Obituaries) Emergent BioSolutions Inc Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Anthrax Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) United States Politics and Government AstraZeneca PLC Johnson & Source Type: news

The lessons of COVID-19, two years on
When Robert Kim-Farley heard that COVID-19 had reached the United States, on Jan. 20, 2020, he immediately recalled the grim images from China that he had been seeing online, with people dying in the streets outside of overwhelmed hospitals.“The pandemic has reached us, and it’s going to be bad,” the UCLA epidemiologist thought.With the U.S. reaching the second anniversary of that first U.S. case, Kim-Farley has been reflecting on what the scientific community got right during the medical crisis, and what it could have done better.On a scale of 1 to 10, he said he ’d give the U.S. a 7 for how local, state and feder...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 20, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Beneath a Covid Vaccine Debacle, 30 Years of Government Culpability
Washington has rejected plans to revamp vaccine preparedness for decades and repeatedly paid a price. The Biden administration is at a similar crossroads. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Hamby and Sheryl Gay Stolberg Tags: Emergent BioSolutions Inc Politics and Government Government Contracts and Procurement Public-Private Sector Cooperation Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Smallpox Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Anthrax Botulism Biological Source Type: news

Federal Government Cuts Ties With Troubled Vaccine Maker
Emergent BioSolutions ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Now its $600 million deal is canceled. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Hamby Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Government Contracts and Procurement Anthrax Emergent BioSolutions Inc AstraZeneca PLC Food and Drug Administration Health and Human Services Department Johnson & Kramer, Robert G Source Type: news

Mozambique: Mozambique Will Vaccinate Over Two Million Livestock
[AIM] Maputo -- A livestock vaccination drive underway across Mozambique will immunise more than two million animals against diseases such as anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, brucellosis, lumpy skin disease, Newcastle fever and rabies, according to a report in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Are Toxin-Mediated Diseases?
Discussion A poison is a generic term for “a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health.” A toxin is more specific and is “any poison produced by an organism, characterized by antigenicity in certain animals and high molecular weight, and including the bacterial toxins that are the causative agents of tetanus, diphtheria, etc., and such plant and animal toxins as ricin and snake venom.” A toxin does not include those substances that are made synthetically produced. Venom is also a toxin that is used by animals and insects for predation or defense which can cause ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 12, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

How Emergent BioSolutions Put an ‘Extraordinary Burden’ on the U.S.’s Troubled Stockpile
The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government ’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Hamby and Sheryl Gay Stolberg Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Shortages Protective Clothing and Gear Anthrax Stockpiling Biological and Chemical Warfare Terrorism Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Emergent BioSolutions Inc Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Brigh Source Type: news

How one firm put an ‘extraordinary burden’ on the nation’s troubled stockpile
The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government's failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorts to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country's emergency reserve. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Hamby and Sheryl Gay Stolberg Source Type: news

A Vaccine Against COVID-19 Would Be the Latest Success in a Long Scientific History
Here’s betting you wouldn’t want anyone blowing smallpox scabs up your nose. But you might feel differently if you lived in 15th century China. Long ago, the Chinese recognized that people who had contracted smallpox once were immune to reinfection. They came up with the idea of preserving scabs from individuals who had suffered mild cases, drying them out, crushing them to a powder and blowing them up the nostril. For boys it was the right nostril, for girls it was the left because, well, 15th century. That is how the story of vaccines usually begins, though that version is decidedly incomplete. For one thing,...
Source: TIME: Science - May 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer health Source Type: news