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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 23rd Aug 2017

News Highlights
New flu vaccine approved for UK use The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has cleared Fluad for use in people aged 65 years or older. Fluad, which is manufactured by Seqirus, has been available in Europe since 1997 but has only now been launched in the UK
Australian lab result confirms bird flu in Pampanga – agriculture dept Australia has confirmed the presence of the bird flu virus in Pampanga, Philippines, where the outbreak was first reported. The results from the World Organization for Animal Health revealed that the strain was avian influenza type A subtype H5
Altimmune Submits Investigational New Drug Application for NasoVAX in Preparation for Phase 2 Trial Altimmune has submitted an Investigational New Drug application to the U.S Food and Drug Administration for NasoVAX, its intranasally administered recombinant flu vaccine
Novavax: The Case For Going Long With Novavax forecasting revenue of $375 million from NanoFlu alone in 2022, it's easy to see why analysts would be enamored with this biotech's newest toy
Amneal launches generic form of Tamiflu Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched oseltamivir phosphate capsules, USP, in three strengths: 30-mg, 45-mg and 75-mg. The Amneal generic is an AB-rated therapeutic equivalent to Tamiflu
Duke researchers discover way to increase flu shot effectiveness Duke researchers have found a way to speed up the production of flu vaccines and make them more effective against seasonal flu virus strains
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New flu vaccine approved for UK use
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has cleared Fluad for use in people aged 65 years or older. Fluad, which is manufactured by Seqirus, has been available in Europe since 1997 but has only now been launched in the UK
Pandemic Influenza News
Australian lab result confirms bird flu in Pampanga – agriculture dept
Australia has confirmed the presence of the bird flu virus in Pampanga, Philippines, where the outbreak was first reported. The results from the World Organization for Animal Health revealed that the strain was avian influenza type A subtype H5
Agri dept allows poultry shipments out of Luzon
In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture has allowed the shipment of poultry from Luzon to other parts of the country, provided these are validated by quarantine officers. Tests have confirmed the strain of avian flu present in Pampanga was type A subtype H5
Industry News
Altimmune Submits Investigational New Drug Application for NasoVAX in Preparation for Phase 2 Trial Altimmune has submitted an Investigational New Drug application to the U.S Food and Drug Administration for NasoVAX, its intranasally administered recombinant flu vaccine
Altimmune moving to new headquarters
Altimmune is moving to larger headquarters to accommodate new employees and anticipated growth following its merger with PharmAthene; Altimmune is developing immunotherapy drugs, including a recombinant flu vaccine administered nasally
Novavax: The Case For Going Long
With Novavax forecasting revenue of $375 million from NanoFlu alone in 2022, it's easy to see why analysts would be enamored with this biotech's newest toy
Amneal launches generic form of Tamiflu
Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched oseltamivir phosphate capsules, USP, in three strengths: 30-mg, 45-mg and 75-mg. The Amneal generic is an AB-rated therapeutic equivalent to Tamiflu
Academic studies
Stopping the flu before it takes hold
A team of researchers at Innavac are zeroing-in on using a compound that can prime immune systems to fight off respiratory infections before they take hold, giving an early warning potentially enough to enable it to head off the flu and the common cold
Flu patches – injections that do little more than tickle
U.S. researchers have shown that a patch containing micro needles was efficient against the flu, potentially offering people who hate injections a new way to get immunised
Duke researchers discover way to increase flu shot effectiveness
Duke researchers have found a way to speed up the production of flu vaccines and make them more effective against seasonal flu virus strains
Pharmacists Increase Vaccination Rates
A recent study sponsored by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores found that pharmacists have had a profound effect on flu vaccine rates; states allowing pharmacist vaccinations increased vaccination rates, and those rates continued to increase over time
Pediatric influenza news
If you don’t vaccinate your child – child benefit may be withdrawn in the future
Discussion of the recent Der Speigel suggestion, which in response to growing disease outbreaks, such as measles, in Germany, by advocating the taking away of child benefit for any families which don’t get their children fully vaccinated
Hong Kong doctor found giving expired flu vaccines to patients
Hong Kong’s Department of Health has started an investigation into a local doctor’s practice of providing expired FluQuadri flu vaccines to patients
Over 65’s influenza news
Slightly more people plan to get a flu shot this year
A new survey from CVS Health found 61 percent of Americans get a flu vaccine every year or plan to get vaccinated this year, 2 percent more than last year’s survey findings. That number is even higher among seniors—76 percent
General Influenza News
Local doctor targeted in vaccination debate
In Texas, Dr. Peter Hotez has spent his whole life working on vaccine development, but the world renown doctor now finds himself under attack from the anti-vaccine lobby, via Twitter, email and phone calls
Combatting the spread of anti-vaccination sentiment
There are multiple interrelated reasons for the existence and spread of both aggressive anti-vaccination and subtle vaccine-hesitant perspectives, but they often stem from issues surrounding trust, personal choice, and fear
Five days of PAHO-led talks in Dominican Republic on future strategy for global vaccination programmes
In the Dominican Republic, the international workshop on the vaccines market opened with a discussion on the challenges facing the region and how to make immunisation programmes more efficient in each country
It’s not too late to get immunised against flu
New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says it’s not too late to be protected against the flu, with influenza vaccine now free for eligible people until the end of the year
Why Opting Out of Vaccinations Puts The Greater Population At Risk
An explanation of herd immunity and waning immunity in relation with the importance of vaccines
Keep your vaccinations up to date as an adult if you want to beat illnesses
Keeping up with immunisations is essential for adults in order to keep healthy, stimulate the immune system and provide wider protection to the population
Rip-off swine flu tests leave patients poorer by Rs 5,000
In India, the Institute of Preventive Medicine charges private hospitals Rs 3,500 for the conduction of a single swine flu test, but the hospitals charge patients between Rs 5,000 and Rs 8,000. At government hospitals, the test is carried out for free
A Panamanian health app tracking vaccination record that can help improve the world’s health
The iMuni app will allow people to track their own and their family’s vaccination records and control their appointments easily
Swine flu – a good reason to get a flu shot
A reminder that severe Influenza infections can often be prevented through having an annual flu vaccination, and individuals who fall into a high risk category are advised to discuss vaccination with their doctor
Food City offering flu shots
Seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of influenza and is available on a walk up basis at Food City immunizing pharmacies based upon the availability of vaccine
Colds and flu season is not expected to peak for two weeks
Health authorities are warning it could still be another two weeks before Queensland’s bumper flu season peaks – with nearly 13,000 cases diagnosed in the past three weeks alone
Adult Flu Vaccines Now Available In Dallas County
Flu season is just about here and Dallas County Health and Human Services is now offering the seasonal flu vaccine for adults
FDA chief Gottlieb backs vaccines—again—to draw firm line against anti-vaccine activists
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb does not want to be associated with the anti-vaxxer movement and took a clear stand after press reports revisited President Trump's plans for a vaccine safety commission, which vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supported early on in the Trump administration
Fewer N.S. health-care workers getting flu shot
Fewer than half of the health-care workers in Nova Scotia were immunized against the flu this year. Information provided on a Department of Health and Wellness website says 43.5 per cent of provincial health-care workers got the shot as of February 2017
Burden of disease
Gujarat swine flu: Death toll reaches 288 as eight more die; Centre sends experts to examine situation
The death toll in Gujarat due to swine flu infection since January this year has reached 288, as eight more deaths were reported on Tuesday
What you need to know about severe flu outbreak on Coast
In Australia, doctors are warning Fraser Coast residents to take precautions as a serious flu outbreak spreads across the region
Queensland on track for record flu season
The flu is hitting Queensland hard and the state is on track for a record season, with 24,605 people struck down by the disease