FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

first_imgMar 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.Zanamivir, one of the two flu drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors, was approved in 1999 for treating flu in people aged 7 and older, but not for prophylactic use. The other neuraminidase inhibitor, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), was approved for both treatment and prevention in adults and children from the age of 1 year.”This approval is a welcome addition to the available defenses against the flu,” Dr. Steven Galson, director of the FDA’s center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an FDA news release. “This new use offers the medical community another option to prevent and control influenza A and B.”Many countries are stockpiling oseltamivir, made by Roche, in the hope that it will offer some help in the next flu pandemic. Stockpiling of zanamivir, made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been less prevalent, but the United States is stocking up on both.”We have purchased, as of today, 4 million treatment courses of Relenza and 22 million treatment courses of Tamiflu,” Bill Hall, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, told CIDRAP News today. “We expect all of them to be in the stockpile by the end of this calendar year.”Hall said HHS is aiming for a total of 81 million treatment courses of the two antivirals by 2008, with zanamivir making probably up about 20%.Zanamivir is a powder that is inhaled by mouth with a “Diskhaler” device. Oseltamivir comes in capsule form.Four large, placebo-controlled studies have shown the effectiveness of Relenza for preventing flu, the FDA reported. In two trials, the incidence of flu in households whose members received the drug was 4.1%, versus 19.0% in households where people received a placebo.In a third trial, involving only adults, 2.0% of people in the Relenza group experienced flu symptoms, versus 6.1% of those in the placebo group, the FDA reported. In the fourth study, which involved mostly older adults, flu symptoms occurred in 1.4% of placebo group members and 0.2% of the treatment group.The FDA said zanamivir has not been found effective for preventing flu in nursing homes. Also, it is not recommended as a substitute for flu vaccine, the primary tool for preventing flu.The drug is not recommended for people who have asthma or other chronic respiratory disease, the FDA noted. After zanamivir’s initial approval, bronchospasm, in some cases fatal, was reported in some patients, most of whom had asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the agency said.See also:Mar 29 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108622.htmFDA background information on Relenzahttp://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm183783.htmGlaxoSmithKline’s detailed information on Relenzahttp://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_relenza.pdfCIDRAP overview on use of antiviral agents for pandemic flulast_img read more

LNG New Technologies, MGI Thermo form containment JV

first_imgLNG New Technologies tied with MGI Thermo to establish LNT Marine in June this year following the cooperation on LNT A-Box liquefied natural gas containment system. The two companies have merged the LNG tank system design to other services enabling them to provide IMO type A and type C LNG containment systems and fuel tanks, as well as a solution for other cold temperature cargoes.“During our cooperation on the LNT45 project, it became clear that in order to continue optimizing the design and further reduce the cost of our LNT A-Box system, core competencies needed to be integrated under one roof,” said LNT Marine CEO Stein Foss.The LNT45 project is a 45,000-cbm LNG  carrier based on the LNT-A-Box containment system being built for Saga LNG Shipping at China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) in Haimen, China, LNT Marine statement reads.By joining the capabilities and services of the two companies, LNT Marine intends to continue developing new technologies and marine LNG solutions, focus on growing the market share of LNT A-Box system, as well as to develop the emerging mid-size LNG segment.last_img read more

VP Leni’s info on illegal drugs not from ICAD – PDEA chief

first_img“Gustokong kumalap ng mas maraming datos, pero iyong pinaka-report sa atin ngayon,karamihan ng mga pumapasok na supply ng(ilegal na droga) rito, galing China.‘Yung mga nahuhuling nag-ooperate, napakarami ring Chinese nationals orFilipino Chinese,” said Robredo./PN “In the past, mostly are coming fromChina but not now, most are coming from the Golden Triangle region whichborders Laos, Thailand and Myanmar,” Aquino said. Aquino said Robredo’s information didnot come from the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), whichthe two co-chairs.    “Maybe may iba siyang source nanagsabi drugs are mostly coming from China. That information did not comefrom ICAD,” Aquino added.    Manila – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief DirectorGeneral Aaron Aquino contradicted Vice President Leni Robredo on the latter’sstatement that the illegal drugs in the country mostly came from China.    Aquino on Friday said most of theillegal drugs shipped into the country came from the Golden Triangle, a region“criss-crossing” the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.  Robredo, the newly-appointed drugczar, on Thursday claimed most of the illegal drugs in the Philippines came fromChina, if not Chinese citizens.     Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (left) on Friday contradicted Vice President Leni Robredo on the latter’s statement that the illegal drugs in the country mostly allegedly came from China. Aquino said most of the illegal drugs shipped into the country came from the Golden Triangle, a region “criss-crossing” the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. ABS-CBN NEWS He added cocaine allegedly came fromSouth American nations including Colombia and Peru, while ecstasy mostly camefrom the Netherlands and other European countries.last_img read more

Integra continues rich slate of awards for six IMCA divisions

first_img“We had the pleasure of hosting Integra at our national banquet last November and presenting them with their 10-year award. It’s been a great start to our relationship and we are already forecasting 10 more years as we hit the ground running in 2020,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. The Coopersville, Mich., manufacturer gives certificates valued at $350, $250 and $150 to top three eligible drivers in each of the five re­gions for IMCA Modifieds, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and to top three driv­ers in national Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod standings. IMCA Sunoco Late Model awards are also based on national standings, with $350 certificates going to the both of the top two drivers, $250 certificates to third and fourth place drivers and $150 certificates to fifth and sixth place drivers. Competitors in five divisions must compete with four Integra shocks and springs, display two Integra decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to become eligi­ble.   “We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with IMCA and its member drivers,” said Marketing Coordinator Anna Daugherty. “We look for this season to be another successful one.”center_img COOPERSVILLE, Mich. – Drivers in six IMCA divisions earn shares of nearly $10,000 in product certificates to be awarded again this season by Integra Racing Shocks. The 2020 season is Integra’s 11th as an IMCA sponsor and all awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.  Information about the complete line of Integra shocks, springs and accessories is available by calling 800 472-2464, at the www.integrashocksandsprings.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

Todd Davis Named West Florida Athletic Director

first_imgTodd Davis Named West Florida Athletic Director Share May 14, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – A new era in West Florida athletics is set to begin. The University of West Florida named Todd Davis as its new athletic director on Monday. Davis is the fifth athletic director in the history of UWF.Davis will follow Richard Berg, who will retire after 19 seasons at the helm of West Florida athletics. Davis arrives in Pensacola from Albany, Ga. where he served as athletic director and facilities manager at Darton College since 2004. Darton is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.”This is such a great opportunity. Everything that I’ve learned about the University of West Florida is everything that I’ve ever wanted to be part of,” explained Davis. “I’m confident that I understand what needs to be done thanks to what Richard [Berg] has accomplished.”Davis led an athletic department consisting of 10 varsity sports that competed in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association. He was instrumental in creating the fundraising and marketing activities for Darton athletics. Davis was also responsible for overseeing the on campus physical education and wellness facility. Darton won the GJCAA Trophy Cup in 2005-06 as the best two-year athletic program in the state.Prior to Darton, Davis was the athletic director/associate vice president for student affairs at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla. for eight years. He was named the Carl Albert State College Staff Person of the Year in 1996-97 and 1998-99. Davis’s intercollegiate athletic administration experience includes stints with Western Kentucky University as coordinator of marketing promotions. He was also the assistant director of marketing and promotions at the University of Oklahoma for nearly five years. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sports administration at the University of Oklahoma.”I believe Todd [Davis] is a great fit for UWF. He is very passionate about sports, and he understands the value of the student-athlete,” said UWF Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Deborah Ford. “He has tremendous ideas on how to promote and market UWF athletics. I think he’s well positioned to lead an NCAA Division II program.””The selection committee has done an outstanding job in selecting Todd Davis as UWF’s next athletic director,” said Berg. “With over 150 applications, it was not an easy task. I know he’ll do a great job.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Jeanette Loretta Lamping

first_imgJeanette Loretta Lamping, age 77 of Oldenburg, Indiana passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville.  The daughter of Leo and Gertrude (nee: Lamping) Gehring was born on August 18, 1942 in Batesville.  In September 1963 she married James E. Lamping in Oldenburg.Jeanette was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary, Oldenburg. She retired from the US Postal Service after working as a route carrier for many years.  After retirement she kept busy working for 5 Oaks Garden Center and babysitting her grandchildren. She was very crafty and could turn anything into something beautiful.  Jeanette used to do a lot of baking especially in the winter months while her kids were growing up.  She also enjoyed helping out with the Holy Family rummage sale every year.   Most of all, Jeanette loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.Survived by her son James Lamping Jr. (Cindy) and daughter, Wendy Adams (Greg); 4 grandchildren, Grace Lamping, Jimmy Lamping, Maggie Menkedick (Tyler) and Molly Adams (fiance’, Jonny Wilgenbusch); two sisters, Barbara Nobbe, Sharon Steinfort and one brother, Steve Gehring.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James and sister, Alice Sell.Visitation will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 10am-11am immediately followed by Mass of Christian Burial all at Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg.  Burial will be in the Holy Family Church Cemetery. Fr. Carl Langenderfer officiating.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Jeanette’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.Due to the COVID-19 precautions, if you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.  All attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol.last_img read more

Carlisle backs more TV access

first_img Carlisle said he had no problems in principle with the idea first mooted by BT Sport senior executive Grant Best last week – but stressed there are certain lines that could not be crossed. Carlisle told Press Association Sport: “Provided it is done in the same way as rugby league – in a fly-on-the-wall way that is not obtrusive – I think it could be quite an innovative idea. Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has given a cautious welcome to calls by the new BT Sport channel to allow cameras into Premier League dressing rooms. Press Associationcenter_img “It is understandable that the TV companies are going to want as much access for their dollar as possible, and provided it is done properly I don’t think it would cause too much of a fuss. “But there are certain boundaries players and clubs would not want to cross. Clearly there are some things like tactical and personal issues that need to stay out of the public arena.” Carlisle stressed his qualified support was a personal view, and that the PFA have neither been officially approached nor commented on the proposal. Best’s call is unlikely to have much immediate success, with clubs expected to broadly oppose calls for further access having already agreed to more pre-match interviews as part of the new broadcast deal. last_img read more

Jovetic hungry for more

first_img He underlined that return to form and fitness by setting up City’s 3-1 win over Barclays Premier League title rivals Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Monday with the first two goals. Jovetic said: “I was happy with pre-season and against Newcastle I played well but didn’t score. “Now I have scored two but I am going to forget this because in five days we have another game against Stoke and it won’t be easy. “This was a victory for the group, the team, and three points is the most important.” Jovetic pounced on a defensive error by Liverpool debutant Alberto Moreno to fire City ahead after 41 minutes. He doubled the lead by rounding off a fine move 10 minutes into the second half and Sergio Aguero came off the bench to add City’s third after 69 minutes. Liverpool pulled one back with a late Pablo Zabaleta own goal but City had underlined their superiority by then and the potential significance of a win over last season’s runners-up was not lost. Jovetic told City TV: “It was a great game against a big team like Liverpool. The Montenegro international is determined to make up for lost time and make his mark with the champions after an injury-ravaged first year at the club. Jovetic managed just six goals in 18 appearances after his £22million move from Fiorentina last term but is now looking sharp after playing a full part in pre-season. Press Association Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is hungry for more after his match-winning double strike against Liverpool. “I think we played very well and at the end this was a game of six points. “I think Liverpool are going to be back for the title. It is important when you play against them to beat them.” Zabaleta, who could do little about the own goal as Rickie Lambert’s header cannoned back into him off Joe Hart, was impressed with Jovetic’s contribution. Jovetic missed out last season as Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko thrived but Zabaleta believes he can really shine this time. The Argentinian said: “I can see him playing really well even in training. He is doing great during the week. He is very hungry to play games this season and score goals. “We know we have four strikers in the team. We have a very strong squad. “I think this is great for the team because we are going to play a lot of games this season and I think the manager will rotate players during the games. “I think we need all of them in a good moment. For the strikers it is always important to score goals because it will help them to have more confidence.” Aguero’s goal came just 23 seconds after he was introduced and was his second as a substitute this term after striking against Newcastle in City’s opener. After suffering a series of muscle injuries in the second half of last season and another at the World Cup in the summer, Aguero’s return to action continues to be managed by manager Manuel Pellegrini. Pellegrini still considers last season’s top scorer to be in pre-season and is not rushing him back into the starting line-up. Aguero said: “I am feeling better. I’m training good and feeling good. “I wish to continue like this as I haven’t done a proper pre-season for ages.” City were due to assess a thigh injury suffered by Dzeko following a clash with Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel but Pellegrini said after the game the problem was not serious. last_img read more

Reds seek cause of Sturridge woe

first_img He recently suggested his problems could be hereditary as his father, a trainee at Birmingham, and two uncles Dean and Simon – both professional footballers – also suffered the same problems. Rodgers admits the club will now use the next couple of months to explore every avenue in an attempt to find a solution to the problem but the manager absolved the player of any blame. “It is extremely unfair. He has just been extremely unfortunate,” said the Reds boss. “The last time he played was August (31) and he is a player who does not want to be out for this length of time. “There is no-one more frustrated than him at this present time. I spoke to him today and he was as down as I have seen anyone in terms of not being able to help the team. “I think now is the time for him and us to go away to see what more we can do to get him onto the pitch consistently. “He is world-class talent but he can only fulfil that if he is playing games – but there is no-one who wants that more than Daniel; he wants to be working and playing. “We need to look to find the answers to allow him over a consistent period of time to perform here at Liverpool. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Daniel Sturridge has been unfortunate with his latest injury but accepts there is a chronic issue which needs to be addressed. Press Association The England international will not play again until 2015 after a new thigh strain this week ruled him out for six weeks. It is the ninth separate but similar injury the 25-year-old has had in his career. “Daniel has had up to nine injuries on that same thigh over a period time, not just over the last six or seven months. “We have to look across his time as a young player and see where we can find ways to get him out there playing.” While the club’s medical staff will look deeply into the problem it is likely Liverpool will also explore external specialist advice to get to the root of the cause. “There are many different ways of dealing with players. I am very proud of my medical and sports science team here – we have shown our ability to get players on to the field is second to none,” added Rodgers. “Unfortunately for the likes of Daniel over a number of years he has been unable to have that fitness that is going to allow him to play a consecutive number of games. “There are maybe cases due to a player’s make-up genetically where it can be difficult. “Hopefully in this adverse moment we can find a way that allows a programme over a period of time that allows him to play and train. “With him being out we need to refocus on the players who are fit and available. “We can’t cry about it, we just need to work really hard as a team with the players who are fit and look to get results.” Rodgers dismissed speculation he could recall Belgium international Divock Origi from his season-long loan spell at Lille as that was a prerequisite of the £10million deal they struck with the French club in the summer. For that to change the Ligue 1 side would have to concede to a new agreement, with Liverpool having to pay considerable compensation, and they have shown no appetite to entertain such an option. “I don’t think there is any (chance). It was never the case,” said the Reds boss. “When he was signed – and there was no discussion – it was one where he had to stay at Lille. “I’ve seen reports saying he may come back early but that was never the case – one of the reasons we were able to sign the player was that he stayed there all season. “As far as I am concerned that is still the case.” That means there is extra pressure on Mario Balotelli, who will be assessed over the next 48 hours to see whether he has fully recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him to leave international duty with Italy early. Balotelli is yet to score a Premier League goal since his £16million move from AC Milan. However, the misfiring Italian may at last be close to getting the extra support he needs up front after Rodgers confirmed fellow summer signing Rickie Lambert was due for more action in the coming weeks. “A lot of the focus this season has been on players who are injured and a player who is no longer here (Luis Suarez),” he said. “I need to ensure my time is devoted to the players who are fit and available. “Rickie will get an opportunity now – we have so many games in an exciting period and he will feature in those heavily.” last_img read more

COVID-19 Test Site in West Palm Temporarily Halts Appointments

first_imgThe Health Care District of Palm Beach County announced Wednesday that they have temporarily stopped making appointments for COVID-19 testing.Officials said they have scheduled nearly 2,000 appointments through Saturday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches testing site, and are no longer accepting additional calls.They added that they hope to reopen the phone lines on Thursday at 8 a.m., if the county receives additional test kits by then.The site, which was established and is being operated by FEMA with support from the Florida National Guard, opened on Tuesday.Gov. DeSantis and county officials announced earlier this week they are also working to open a testing site in south Palm Beach County.last_img