• Joint Commission Issues Alert on Patient Awareness Under Anesthesia
    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- Tens of thousands of patients undergoing surgery each year experience the helplessness of being partially awake while under general anesthesia during surgery, but being unable to communicate their distress to caregivers.  Better understanding ...More
    October 6, 2004 Posted in News
  • HHS Issues Statement Regarding Chiron Flu Vaccine
    The following is a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services: “Clearly, the loss of the Chiron flu vaccine poses a serious challenge to our vaccine supply for the upcoming flu season. Chiron was to produce between 46 to 48 million doses of influenza vaccine ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Children Are Facing High Risks From Pesticide Poisoning
    WASHINGTON and ROME -- Children are facing higher risks from pesticides than adults and need greater protection against these chemicals, particularly in developing countries, according to a joint report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine Needed to Protect Children Under Age Two
    WASHINGTON -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reiterated the need for children ages six months to 23 months to get vaccinated with the flu vaccine in a written statement submitted for a U.S. House of Representatives hearing. “The flu kills,” said AAP president ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Pfizer to Acquire Purell From GOJO
    MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. and AKRON, Ohio -- Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a division of Pfizer Inc, has agreed to acquire the PURELL® line of instant hand sanitizers from GOJO Industries, Inc. Under the agreement, Pfizer will market PURELL to consumers through retail channels, ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Carrington Subsidiary Receives $6 Million Biodefense Grant to Develop Nasal Flu Vaccine
    IRVING, Texas -- Carrington Laboratories, Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, DelSite Biotechnologies, Inc., has been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop an inactivated influenza nasal powder ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • National Outbreak of Salmonella in United Kingdom
    LONDON -- The Health Protection Agency, together with colleagues in the NHS and local authorities, has been carrying out an investigation into a national outbreak of salmonella. The outbreak, involving a relatively rare strain of the bacteria called Salmonella Newport , has ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Spring-fall Flu Shots Safe, Protect Children
    DURHAM, N.C. – Giving flu vaccine to toddlers in the spring and fall guards against infection and is easier on parents than the fall schedule of two doses administered a month apart, found researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the University of Washington. The ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Mayo Clinic Awarded NIH Contract for Smallpox Genomics Research
    Vaccine researchers at Mayo Clinic have been awarded a $10 million federal contract to study genetic susceptibility to smallpox and genomic-based risks to the smallpox vaccine. “This award underscores the confidence of the National Institutes of Health in our research ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Chiron Unable to Supply Fluvirin Influenza Virus Vaccine for 2004-2005 Season
    EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- Chiron Corporation announced that the UK regulatory body, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has today temporarily suspended the company’s license to manufacture Fluvirin® influenza virus vaccine in its Liverpool facility, ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News