Blogs by Cynth'ya Lewis email@example.com
12/7/2004 4:05:50 PM
"Because the vaccine, called Fluarix, is still considered experimental in the United States, PATIENTS WILL HAVE TO SIGN A FORM STATING THAT THEY KNOW THE VACCINE MAY POSE RISKS!"
"Fool me once, my oh my; fool me twice and I'm a sucker for a lie." clr
How dumb do people have to be to swallow this? (i.e. a rerun of fear tactics to undermine the disadvantaged? Congress & their families should be the first in line for it. Pass along and WARN! This ain't nothin' but a lie and a trick to weaken and cripple the people. I don't blame the Canadian government for not wanting to work with dishonest, greedy companies in the United States, seeing what the country does business wise to everyone else, and still not stepping in to fight the genocide in Rwanda and Dafur.
Give me a break!
U.S. Clears 4 Mln Experimental Flu Shots
Sponsored by: New Pro Platform
The government will immediately buy 1.2 million doses madeby GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L) (NYSE:GSK - news) at a plant in Germany and distribute them to needy areas, Health and Human Services (news - web sites)
Secretary Tommy Thompson said. Another 2.8 million doses fromthe company are available for later in the flu season.
"With the latest purchase we will be able to protect morehigh-risk Americans this flu season in communities across thecountry," Thompson said at a news conference.
The government will pay Glaxo #36;7 per dose, Thompson said.
Because the vaccine, called Fluarix, is still considered experimental in the United States, PATIENTS WILL HAVE TO SIGN A FORM STATING THAT THEY KNOW THE VACCINE MAY POSE RISKS!
Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) officials inspected the Germanplant and are confident the shots are safe and effective,Acting FDA (news - web sites) Commissioner Lester Crawford said. The vaccine,approved in 30 countries, does not have the usual full U.S.approval because that would have taken too long, he said.
Regulators have been seeking overseas sources of flu vaccine after losing almost half the country's anticipated supply in October, when one of two major makers, Chiron Corp.(Nasdaq:CHIR - news), lost the license for its British plant because of contamination problems.
The United States now may have as many as 65 million flu vaccine doses for the current flu season. Officials had hoped to vaccinate 100 million Americans, in part to encourage more firms to get back into the U.S. flu vaccine market.
Currently, Aventis-Pasteur (AVEP.PA), a subsidiary ofFrench drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis (SASY.PA) (NYSE:SNY - news), makes flushots for the U.S. market. Maryland-based MedImmune (Nasdaq:MEDI - news)also makes an inhaled vaccine called FluMist.
Flu vaccine has become a political issue, with Democrats accusing the Republican Bush administration of failing to make sure the country has adequate supplies. Experts say the problem is complicated because the government does not control which companies make vaccine, and demand is unpredictable.
The U.S. government was pursuing 1.2 million more doses from ID Biomedical Corp. (Toronto:IDB.TO - news), but the Canadian firm said Tuesday its remaining supplies will go to the Canadian market.
GlaxoSmithKline, Europe's biggest drugmaker, said it aimed to supply Fluarix to the United States permanently. After upgrading its Dresden, Germany, manufacturing plant, the company said it hopes to supply 10 million to 20 million doses for the 2005-2006 flu season.
Crawford said he expected the United States would have four suppliers by 2007.
Some lawmakers said the administration's decision to import the flu vaccine contradicted its arguments that allowing Americans to buy cheaper medicines from abroad was unsafe.
"Hopefully this action means the administration will work with Congress to pass importation legislation soon, rather than continuing to hide behind false safety claims," Rep. Rahm Emanuel (news, bio, voting record), an Illinois Democrat, said.
The flu kills 36,000 Americans and puts 200,000 in the hospital in an average year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) says people over 65, babies between six months and two years, people with chronic conditions and pregnant women should get flu shots every year.
Glaxo shares were up 1.6 percent, or 70 cents, at #36;45.22 inmorning trade on the New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites).
(Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington and Ben Hirschler in London)
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