Swine Flu Vaccine Updated

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Created On: 08/07/2009 09:43 AM

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 11/24/2009 11:25 AM

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also from the NYTimes:"Dubious Claims for H1N1 Cures are Rife Online"The panic caused by the fear of the H1N1 virus has caused the proliferation of websites claiming to have the 'cure'. "Since the White House has declared swine flu a national emergency, and with the H1N1 vaccine in short supply, many Web sites have been peddling swine flu nostrums" the article says. It seems that the FDA has identified 140 different products sold online, claiming to protect the user from the H1N1virus. Products range from an "ionic silver" spray claiming to kill every known pathogen, germ, bacteria, virus or fungus within six minutes", to sites selling fake versions of the real thing - the FDA has issued a warning after finding that fake Tamiflu (containing powdered talc, generic Tylenol and, occasionally, some Tamiflu) was being sold online.Though the claims made for some products may be outlandish, the FDA says the products present a real danger as they give consumers a false sense of protection. During public health emergencies, it is undeniable that tensions run high as some begin to fear for their health while others attempt to take advantage of that fear. The FDA is also closely monitoring mainstream consumer product companies (such as Clorox, which sells bleach and disinfectants, and Kimberly-Clark, which makes masks for hospitals) to ensure that they don't "cross the line" so to speak. According to Alyson Saben, the deputy director of the FDA's office of enforcement, has said that about 80 percent of the companies have received warning letters with demands to stop misleading marketing. With such companies, once they refuse to comply with the demands from the FDA, the agency can then start a criminal case, seize products, and make third parties aware of the company's violation of the law. With online companies however, the FDA finds that seizing products is "less straightforward" because the nature of the Internet makes it very difficult to know "where the physical product is being held."


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 11/24/2009 10:56 AM

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UPDATE from NYTimes:"U.S. Turns to Experimental H1N1 Flu Drug for Intravenous Use" Towards the end of October, the FDA granted authority for the use of the drug "Peramivir" in emergencies for patients hospitalized for the H1N1 flu who are unable to take or do not benefit from Tamiflu or Relenza (the only two drugs approved by the FDA for treatment of H1N1).  Peramivir is still being tested in clinical trials, just recently beginning phase 3 of its trials, the last stage before seeking FDA approval for general use.  Unlike Tamiflu, typically given as a pill, or Relenza, which is inhaled, Peramivir is given intravenously, "making it usable by hospitalized patients" who are too sick to take either of the other drugs.Although there are some critics who question the true effectiveness of Peramivir, the restrictiveness of its availability has also caused some growing concern.  For each patient, the doctor must call an 800 number or fill out a form on a website run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), afterwhich the drug is sent overnight from a central stockpile.  Investors in BioCryst, the producer of Peramivir, have been the biggest advocators for making this drug more available to the public, especially as it garners interest from international companies (i.e. Shionogi, a Japanese drug company with licensing rights from BioCryst, and other such partners in Brazil, Mexico, Israel and China).  Despite the lack of evidence for its effectiveness as of yet, Peramivir's popularity will soon face competition as intravenous versions of Tamiflu and Relenza have gone into production.  Unfortunately, despite being cheaper than Peramivir (about 1/5 of how much the government is paying for Peramivir), these drugs cannot be used until they have received emergency use authorizations from the FDA.To read more on what the CDC has to say about Peramivir, go to the CDC H1N1 flu Site


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 10/21/2009 12:49 PM

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<update on H1N1 flu vaccine>excerpt from "Preparing for H1N1" article: "For those wary of the controversial effects of the vaccine-preservative Thimerosal, individual doses free of the mercury-containing preservative will be available for patients who ask for it. A nasal spray version containing a substantially weakened form of the virus is also available. The nasal spray however, is notrecommended for pregnant women or patients with compromised immune systems, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic conditions as it does contain bits of live virus." to read the full article, click here


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 08/27/2009 08:58 PM

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Get an early flu shot if you have diabetes! US Authorities (CDC) are saying its nearly a 50/50 chance for the Swine Flu this season, with a worse severity for those with chronic conditions like diabetes. See: http://www.body1.com/news/index.cfm/1/468 for more about this.
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 08/07/2009 09:43 AM

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An update on the H1N1 vaccine: The swine flu pandemic has prompted many makers of seasonal flu vaccines, including Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis AG, and GlaxoSmithKline PLC, to ship them to the US market earlier than usual. This is due to expectations for an increased demand for flu vaccines as well as to prepare for production of an H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine.  It is expected that doctors may face challenges in vaccinating partients first against seasonal flu and later a two-round shot against H1N1.
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