The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert that requests healthcare facilities "arrange for a healthcare professional with expertise in device reprocessing to immediately assess their reprocessing procedures," adding, "(t)his assessment should ensure that reprocessing is done correctly, including allowing enough time for reprocessing personnel to follow all steps recommended by the device manufacturer."
To cap off one of the least effective seasons for flu vaccines in recent memory, vaccine producer GlaxoSmithKline announced the recall of all remaining doses of a quadrivalent, affecting roughly 1.7 million jabs.
Quest Diagnostics inked a deal with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve screening, diagnosis and treatment for four strains of viral hepatitis in the U.S., expanding on a previous collaboration and giving the company a boost as it continues to restructure and restore revenue growth.
The space occupied by Google Flu Trends is becoming more congested. One year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a call for ways to use digital data to forecast the flu season, details of the entrants' models are still trickling in as academic papers are published.
Google has made the biggest change to its Flu Trends influenza tracking software since it first released the system in 2008. The update incorporates data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to improve the accuracy of the model.
Pfizer's Prevnar 13, the world's best-selling vaccine, scored a big win Wednesday, nabbing a CDC committee nod for universal use in adults over the age of 65. And once payer coverage kicks in, that's a nod that could be worth $2 billion for Pfizer, analysts say--with Merck's Pneumovax getting a boost, too.
I caught up with Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last week, prior to his address at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. Other media outlets joined in later. Here are some takeaways from his speech on antibiotic resistance, as well as our conversation.
For the first time since the swine flu pandemic in 2009, influenza A virus pdm09 (pH1N1) predominated in the U.S. during the 2013-2014 flu season. And while this season saw overall lower levels of outpatient illness and death than in those predominated by fellow A virus H3N2, for older adults it was comparatively more severe, a CDC report found.
With HIV-infection rates no longer going down and condom use continuing to fall, U.S. health officials are recommending that Americans at high risk of infection take a pill: Gilead Sciences' Truvada, an AIDS fighter that's the only drug approved for HIV prevention.
Vaccination against the flu reduces a child's risk of intensive care hospitalization related to the flu by 74%, according to a CDC study published recently in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.