South Korea Approves First Domestically Developed COVID-19 Vaccine
SEOUL, South Korea — Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country’s first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic. In clinical trials involving some 4,000 participants in South Korea and five other countries, SK Bioscience’s two-dose SKYCovione vaccine appeared to be more effective than the broadly used AstraZeneca shots in building immunity against infections, officials at South Korea’s Food and Drug Safety Ministry said. It isn’t immediately clear how officials will ...
Source: TIME: Health - June 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Tong-hyung / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

Wisconsin SeniorCare Program to Cover Vaccines Provided at Pharmacies
Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announce Wisconsin ’s SeniorCare Program has received approval from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover certain vaccines that members receive in pharmacies. Vaccines covered include those that protect against shingles, tetanus, meningitis, and Hepatitis A and B. These vaccines are recommended by theAdvisory Committee on Immunization Practices...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 27, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Universal Hepatitis B Vaccination in Adults Aged 19-59 Years Universal Hepatitis B Vaccination in Adults Aged 19-59 Years
The ACIP has expanded the indicated age range for universal HepB vaccination to now include adults aged 19-59 years.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - June 24, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Reducing sexually transmitted infections [NG221], NICE (published 15th June 2022)
Guideline covers interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in people from 16yrs age. It aims to reduce the transmission of all STIs, including HIV,& includes ways to help increase uptake of STI testing& vaccines for human papillomavirus& hepatitis A&B. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Fourth COVID-19 Vaccine, From Novovax, Passed a Key Stage in the Authorization Process
American adults who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 may soon get another choice, as advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday backed a more traditional type of shot. Next, the FDA must decide whether to authorize the protein vaccine made by latecomer Novavax as the nation’s fourth coronavirus shot for adults. It’s made with more conventional technology than today’s dominant Pfizer and Moderna shots and the lesser-used Johnson & Johnson option. Novavax shots are already available in Australia, Canada, parts of Europe and multiple other countries, either for initial va...
Source: TIME: Health - June 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: LAURAN NEERGAARD / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

FDA Advisers Back a New COVID-19 Vaccine, Made By Novavax
American adults who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 may soon get another choice, as advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday backed a more traditional type of shot. Next, the FDA must decide whether to authorize the vaccine made by latecomer Novavax, a protein vaccine that’s made with a more conventional technology than today’s U.S. options. Novavax shots are already used in Australia, Canada, parts of Europe and dozens of other countries. But U.S. clearance is a key hurdle for the Maryland-based company. FDA’s vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said another choice in the U....
Source: TIME: Health - June 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauran Neergaard / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

FDA advisers recommend authorizing Novavax coronavirus vaccine
The Novavax vaccine is a protein vaccine, a more traditional technology found in other commonly used immunizations such as hepatitis B and influenza. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Longer-term Data from CARTITUDE-1 Study Demonstrate Continued Deep and Durable Responses to CARVYKTI ™ (ciltacabtagene autoleucel) in Heavily Pretreated Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, June 4, 2022 – – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today updated results from the Phase 1b/2 CARTITUDE-1 study evaluating the efficacy and safety of CARVYKTI™ (ciltacabtagene autoleucel; cilta-cel), a B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. The study included patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who had received >3 lines of therapy including a proteasome inhibitor (PI), an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody and an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD) or were double refractory to an IMiD and PI a...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - June 4, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

FDA Ties Hepatitis Outbreak to Organic Strawberries
U.S. and Canadian regulators are investigating a hepatitis outbreak that may be linked to fresh organic strawberries. In a joint weekend statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Public Health Agency of Canada said illnesses in Minnesota, California, and Canada occurred after people consumed FreshKampo and H-E-B brand strawberries. The agencies said the strawberries were purchased between March 5 and April 25. They were sold at various U.S. retailers, including Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s. In Canada, the affected strawberries were sold between March 5-9 at Co-op stores in Alberta a...
Source: TIME: Health - May 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DEE-ANN DURBIN / AP Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate News Desk Public Health wire Source Type: news

Janssen to Highlight Science, Innovation and Advances in Robust Oncology Portfolio and Pipeline Through More Than 60 Data Presentations at ASCO and EHA
RARITAN, N.J., May 31, 2022 — The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today that new research and data from its robust oncology portfolio and pipeline of investigational therapies will be presented at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, taking place June 3-7 in Chicago, and the European Hematology Association (EHA) 2022 Congress taking place in Vienna, Austria, June 9-12. More than 60 presentations from company-sponsored studies across the two congresses, including 14 oral presentations, will feature new data and updates for both approved and investigation...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 31, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

CDC Backs Travel Testing; Pediatric Hepatitis Probe Expands; Shkreli Leaves Prison
(MedPage Today) -- Note that some links may require registration or subscription. CDC now advises the public to take a coronavirus test before domestic travel, vaccinated or not. (Washington Post) In response to the baby formula shortage, President... (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - May 19, 2022 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

2 cases of hepatitis in children in Massachusetts under investigation
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Hepatitis Source Type: news

Here ’s What You Need to Know About Paxlovid
Prescriptions for Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral medication Paxlovid—the first such pill to be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—have increased tenfold in the past two months. Between late February and April 22, the number of patients using Paxlovid jumped from 8,000 to 80,000, according to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla; the drug is now available at some 33,000 locations, such as pharmacies and outpatient clinics, across the country. On April 26, the White House announced it would step up its efforts to encourage more doctors to prescribe the antiviral medication. As part of this, the Bide...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kyla Mandel Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Janssen Discontinues Collaboration and License Agreements with Bavarian Nordic in Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 9, 2022 - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced the termination of its collaboration and license agreements with Bavarian Nordic that leverage Bavarian Nordic’s MVA-BN® (Modified Vaccinia Ankara - Bavarian Nordic) technology to develop potential vaccines against the hepatitis B virus and human papillomaviruses. Janssen remains committed to its strong collaboration with Bavarian Nordic in the quest to prevent and cure infectious diseases – with collaborations in HIV and Ebola still ongoing.No clinical studies in hepatitis B have been initiated by Janssen ut...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 9, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A Mysterious Hepatitis Outbreak Among Children Is Baffling Doctors
Since last autumn, doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama have been wrestling with a mystery. From October 2021 through February of this year, nine children—the youngest 20 months old and the oldest 5 years and 9 months—were rushed to the hospital with concerning symptoms, all of which turned out to be due to unexplained cases of acute hepatitis, also known as liver inflammation. As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported, all of the patients tested negative for the hepatitis A, B, and C viruses, and also tested negative for COVID-19. They did test positive for a...
Source: TIME: Health - May 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Disease healthscienceclimate Source Type: news