State Laws Are Treating Fentanyl Like the New Crack —And Making the Same Mistakes of the 80s and 90s
Since the U.S. drug war was declared in 1971, various drugs have been identified as public enemy number one—from crack cocaine, in the 1980s, to prescription opioids in the early 2000s. Today, the primary villain is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 50 times more potent than heroin. In 2021, more than 71,000 people in the U.S. died after overdoses involving synthetic opioids—mostly fentanyl, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on May 11. Such a deadly drug necessitates a firm public health response, and fortunately, decades of evidence have shown there are tools ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Addiction healthscienceclimate 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

Morrisville drugmaker scores $6M deal with Canada for anthrax treatment
The Canadian contract follows a recent deal with the U.S. government worth up to $81 million for the anthrax treatment. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 27, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Zac Ezzone Source Type: news

Anthrax, animal attacks, and sexual disorders, why some Brits needed medical help in lockdown
EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline has analysed the latest latest data on NHS patient admissions, appointments and attendances in England from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pediatricians Who Serve Trans Youth Face Increasing Harassment. Lifesaving Care Could Be on the Line
Dr. Gina Sequeira first saw the protesters on a bright clear morning last September. A co-director of Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic who provides gender-affirming care to young people, Sequeira had confronted ignorance about her medical specialty in the past. But nothing had prepared her to see people outside her office, waving signs and handing out flyers warning of the “dangers” of the work she does. “That was really, really hard for us as a clinic,” she says. “And I think it was really hard for the hospital’s patients and families who witnessed it.” Just a month later, p...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeleine Carlisle Tags: Uncategorized feature Health Care LGBTQ nationpod News 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

Triangle drugmaker acquiring firm behind anthrax treatment
To further its effort of becoming a leader in biodefense, a Triangle-based firm is merging with a company that contracts with the federal government to produce an anthrax treatment. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Zac Ezzone 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

Morrisville drugmaker acquiring firm behind anthrax treatment
To further its effort of becoming a leader in biodefense, a Triangle-based firm is merging with a company that contracts with the federal government to produce an anthrax treatment. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 22, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Zac Ezzone Source Type: news

Dr. Sherif R. Zaki, Acclaimed Disease Detective, Dies at 65
He helped identify numerous viruses, including Covid-19, as well as the bioterrorism attack that spread anthrax in 2001. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sam Roberts Tags: Zaki, Sherif R Deaths (Obituaries) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Anthrax Ebola Virus SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) 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

Twenty years after the anthrax terrorist attacks of 2001: lessons learned and unlearned for the CoViD-19 response - Gostin LO, Nuzzo JB.
The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, resulted in deep national reflection. Less remembered are the events that began to unfold 7 days later as anonymous letters laced with deadly anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) spores began ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news